Peak 7903 by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,903 ft
Prominence: 314

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This peak is not in the book. Published November 2022

Peak 7903 is a ranked hump on the southwest ridge of Peak 8445. It is most easily climbed either directly from Deer Creek Road to its south or in combination with nearby Peak 8445. USGS Buttercup Mountain

Peak 7903 (summit is left of center) and its semi-forested north ridge (just right of center). Livingston Douglas Photo


Same as for Peak 8445. This is the second leg of a 2-peak adventure that includes Peak 8445 and Peak 7903.

North Ridge, Class 2

The Climb

From the connecting saddle with Peak 8445 (Saddle 7589), bushwhack south up through an easy pine forest (semi-open with a scrub base) to reach the narrow, rocky summit ridge. Scramble left/southeast through a mix of ridge rock/outcrops and brush to reach the small, ridgeline summit of Peak 7903. I rebuilt the small, torn-down summit cairn.

The summit of Peak 7903 and its rebuilt summit cairn. Livingston Douglas Photo

Southeast Ridge, Class 2

The Descent

From the summit, descend the narrow ridgeline southeast through rocky outcrops with loose scree/gravel and steep scrub on the sides of the ridge. The ridge wiggles a bit and is rocky high up, but there is an on-and-off game trail to help skirt the endless ridge outcrops. Lower down, the slope eases and goes quickly through mostly scrub and loose gravel. The scrub is not too thick. As you near the bottom of the ridge, bash through a mix of field grass and tall veg/weeds (with loose gravel) to intercept the Deer Creek Trail. Follow the narrow, well-beaten footpath east for about a mile to return to the Deer Creek trailhead and your parked vehicle.

Peak 7903 (in mid-ground) as viewed from the south. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Smoky Mountains

Longitude: -114.53659   Latitude: 43.53959

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