Elevation: 7,374 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Date of Climb: June 10, 2019
Peak 7374 sits at the head of Crooked Creek Canyon, a side canyon that comes up from Muldoon Canyon. It is the high point on a ridge that separates Crooked Canyon from Sharps Canyon. The easiest ascent route is via Sharps Canyon Road and the Southeast Ridge. This area is a patchwork of BLM land, State of Idaho land, and private land. Consult the BLM Fairfield map to stay out of trouble. USGS Little Wood River Reservoir
Southeast Ridge, Class 2
From the junction of ID-75 and Pine Street in Bellevue, drive E on Pine Street (which becomes Muldoon Canyon Road) for 5.9 miles to an unsigned junction with Sharps Canyon Road, a BLM road. Park near this junction in a pullout area (5,800 feet).
This climb is the final leg of a ridge traverse from Bell Mountain to Peak 7374. From the 6,860-foot connecting saddle with Bell Mountain, leave the road and scramble N along a fence row up to Point 7265. The terrain here is open and is not too bad. Descend NNW from Point 7265 to reach a very narrow section of ridge. Side-hilling here is brutal, so stay on the ridge crest and work your way through the rocky outcrops/towers on the ridge (Class 2+).
The rocky terrain soon ends at a critical ridge juncture. Skirt the L/W side of a ridge hump here to reach a final saddle (7,100 feet). Scramble W up a final section of ridge on easy, open scrub to reach the bare summit of Peak 7374. The summit has a modest cairn.
Northwest Ridge, Class 2
Same as for the Southeast Ridge Route. This is the final leg of a loop route that begins and ends at the base of the Sharps Canyon BLM Road.
From the summit, descend the loose scree of the narrow ridge NW, staying just to the L/SW of a lengthy burn area. At about 6,750 feet, the ridge forks. Go L/NW here to continue down the correct ridge. The ridge finally bends R-ish/N at 6,600 feet and drops to Seamens Creek alongside Muldoon Canyon Road. Jump the small creek to reach the road. Follow Muldoon Canyon Road downstream to reach the intersection with Sharps Canyon Road and the parking area.