Peak 7307 (South Worm Creek Peak) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,307 ft
Prominence: 447

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This peak is not in the peak. Published November 2019


Peak 7307 is one of three ranked summits surrounding South Worm Creek Basin. This peak is on the west side of the basin and is the easiest of the three peaks to climb. Cattle trails will get you to the saddle between it and Point 7136 to the northeast. The easiest ascent route is via the open scrub of the South Face from FST-323 at the base of the face. USGS Mink Creek

Northeast Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: September 13, 2019

Access

Same as for the Southeast Shoulder Route on Peak 7462. This is the second leg of a multi-peak climb of peaks surrounding South Worm Creek Basin.

The Climb

From the road junction in the center of South Worm Creek Basin, follow a cattle trail WSW past a cattle pond and up to a saddle that separates Point 7136 from Point 6930. Begin a descent down the other side of the saddle, but leave the cattle trail to follow another cattle trail that heads up a forested drainage to the R/NW. This cattle trail gets you up onto the Northeast Ridge of Peak 7307, just SW of Point 7136.

From the saddle, bushwhack SW up through the dense forest that includes brush, bushes, and blowdown. There are no cattle trails to help you in this forested section. Higher up, move L/S to reach open terrain to soon reach rocky Point 7280+, the East Summit. From here, bushwhack through another patch of thick, young maple trees and drop 70 feet to a final saddle. Thankfully, the saddle is gentle, open scrub. Do a final scramble up scrub and ground talus to reach the rocky summit of Peak 7307. The summit area has a mixture of scattered boulders and scrub. There was no summit cairn and no signs of previous ascent. The West Summit is a mere 5 feet higher than the East Summit, according to my altimeter readings.

East Face (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the Northeast Ridge Route.

The Descent

From the West Summit (Peak 7307), descend E and skirt the S side of the East Summit in open scrub. From that point, descend easy open scrub down to a short, but miserable, patch of thick willows then a short section of thick, young maple trees to reach open terrain again. Continue descending a short distance farther to reach a cattle trail. Follow the cattle trail NNE up to a minor saddle then descend the trail to the center of South Worm Creek Basin and the unsigned trail junction.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Bear River Range

Longitude: -111.68289   Latitude: 42.17179

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