Peak 7882 (Snowslide Ridge) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,882 ft
Prominence: 862

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019


Peak 7882 is the highest point on a LONG ridge (unofficially called Snowslide Ridge) that extends from US-89 (to the south) to Snowslide Canyoon (to the north). The ridge spans a whopping 4-1/2 miles! The ridge crosses Telephone Draw on the way and has multiple ridge points. The final ridge point is Snowslide Point (7,782 feet), which lies at the north end of the long, high ridge crest. Snowslide Ridge towers over Montpelier Reservoir to the west. It is most easily reached via its western aspects north of the reservoir. USGS Meade Peak 

West Gully/West Shoulder, Class 2

Date of Climb: September 9, 2019

Access

From its junction with US-89 in Montpelier Canyon, drive north up FSR-111/Crow Creek Road for 2.0 miles to the crossing of the inlet stream at the north end of Montpelier Reservoir. Park in a pullout area on the south side of Crow Creek Road where the road makes a sharp turn L/N. The elevation here is 6,520 feet.

Note: The USGS Montpelier Canyon quadrangle shows a large body of water on the north and west sides of Crow Creek Road here. That is no longer the case. There is a large dispersed camping area on the west side of Crow Creek Road just north of the aforementioned parking pullout.

The Climb

From the bridge crossing of the inlet creek (Montpelier Creek), hike N up Crow Creek Road for 0.2 mile to a dry gully that separates two large shoulders on the West Face of Peak 7882. The L/N shoulder leads to the correct high point of Peak 7882. Leave the road and scramble E up the gully through easy sagebrush, cross a cattle fence, and continue a short distance farther up the gully to reach the toe of the West Shoulder.

Leave the gully and scramble up steep but relatively easy scrub/sagebrush, aiming for a lone pine tree at the top of the shoulder. Stay to the R/S of a steep face section of loose gravel. Continue upward on the ill-defined, rounded shoulder and aim for that solo pine tree. Once you reach the pine tree (or just R/S of it), scramble NE to the summit area. From the pine tree, you have another 150 vertical feet to reach the high point of Peak 7882. The high point is a bit ill-defined but there is a small cairn on top. It is in a small open area with sage/scrub nearby.

North Shoulder/North Face (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the West Gully/West Shoulder Route

The Descent

Follow the easy, open ridge crest northward for about 0.8 mile to reach a small saddle. Scramble about 40 vertical feet to the top of Snowslide Point (7,782 feet). Snowslide Point has a smattering of scattered mountain mahogany and some ground talus/boulders and the ever-present sagebrush/scrub. There is yet another point at the N end of the flat summit ridge which is a bald scrub area with no saddle or rise to it. This final point sits at the top of the steep northern aspects of this mountain.

Move to the R/E side of the summit plateau to begin a descent of a reasonably-defined shoulder that heads NE then N down the steep North Face of Snowslide Ridge. The shoulder initially is forested on its L/W side and open scrub on its R/E side. Follow the shoulder’s crest down toward Snowslide Canyon and FSR-111/Crow Creek Road. The view here is rather frightening because the face is so steep. The shoulder bends L/N and then just disappears, turning into a steep face descent through a pine forest.

The pine forest is rather thick with a fair amount of blowdown, but it goes quickly. As you near Snowslide Canyon and its rushing creek, you emerge from the forest into an open sagebrush strip that borders the willow-clogged wet drainage at the base of Snowslide Canyon. FSR-111/Crow Creek Road is on the far side of this mess. Follow a cattle trail L/W on the near side of the willows until you find a relatively easy, willow-free crossing of the creek. Jump the creek and do some minimal willow-bashing to reach the [blessed] road. Hike W then S down FSR-111/Crow Creek Road to return to the N end of Montpelier Reservoir and your parking spot.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Peale Mountains

Longitude: -111.15589   Latitude: 42.37519

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