Peak 7620 South by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,620 ft
Prominence: 320

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Peak 7620 South (forested, mid-ground) as viewed from the north. Its summit is left of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020


Date of Climb:  October 4, 2020

Peak 7620 South is one of two peaks that share exactly the same elevation. Unlike Peak 7620 North, which is a narrow ridgeline summit in mostly open terrain, Peak 7620 South is a forested summit that hides from view. The easiest ascent route is from Deer Creek Road/FSR-156 southwest of Freedom, WY. It is a completely different experience from a climb of Peak 7620 North. Do this climb in combination with nearby Peak 7620 North to make your effort more worthwhile. USGS Thayne West

Peak 7620 South (forested, mid-ground) as viewed from the north. Its summit is left of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

Peak 7620 South (forested, mid-ground) as viewed from the north. Its summit is left of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

Access

Same as for Peak 7620 North. This is the second leg of a 2-peak adventure.

North Ridge, Class 2

The Climb

From the 7,180-foot connecting saddle with Peak 7620 North, hike southwest up a use trail to the crest of the north ridge. Follow the use trail up the ridge until it ends before reaching the upper section of the north ridge. Bushwhack south then southwest through somewhat-tedious blowdown and brush to reach the narrow summit ridge crest. The ridge bends right-ish/west here and gradually ascends to finally reach the high point of Peak 7620 South, well west of the east corner of the flattish ridge crest. The summit had no summit cairn so I built one. It only offers limited views due to the semi-open pine forest.

East Face, Class 2

The Descent

From the summit high point, scramble east across the flattish summit ridge to reach the head of the steep east face. Bushwhack due east down through a forested mess of pines, aspens, blowdown, scattered tree branches, and brush to reach a shoulder where FSR-156 crosses it. Thankfully, the slope eases after the first 200 vertical feet of descent. Go left/north on FSR-156 and follow it a short distance back to the road junction with FSR-268 and your parked vehicle.

The summit area of Peak 7620 South. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit area of Peak 7620 South. Livingston Douglas Photo

The newly-built summit cairn atop Peak 7620 South. Livingston Douglas Photo

The newly-built summit cairn atop Peak 7620 South. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Peale Mountains

Longitude: -111.12429   Latitude: 42.94529

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