Elevation: 7,911 ft
This peak is not in the book. Livingston Douglas provided the following access and route information.
From Big Hole Pass, hike S on FSR 078 for 1-1/2 miles to the CDT trail turnoff (left), which is located just past Big Hole Pass BM (7243′) and follow the CDT south to Pass 7140. Alternatively, you can hike up the FSR 71294/Pioneer Creek Road (passing an active logging operation en route) to Pass 7140. The latter is the descent route that I used.
West Face/West Ridge Route, Class 2
Date of Climb: 7/26/16. From Pass 7140 (0.8 mile W of Pioneer Creek Peak), hike north on FSR 71294 for about 30-40 yards (you’ll drop about 10′ in elevation) and look for the faint beginning of a trail heading E through the thick forest. Finding this trail is critical. It is not shown on the USGS quad. If you can’t find it, bushwhack E up the steep forested slope and you’ll find it. Follow this good trail as it switchbacks up the steep, thickly forested W face. After about 20 minutes of trail hiking, the trail ends on the West ridge of Pioneer Creek Peak in an open meadow (7,670′).
Follow the ridge crest/CD on a weak, sporadic game trail in open terrain, staying to the climber’s right/S of the forest. This is easy Class 2 on grassy terrain. After 15 minutes of Class 2 scrambling, you’ll be on the open, grassy summit of Pioneer Creek Peak (7,911′). Unlike nearby Morgan Mountain, which has no views, this peak has expansive views of the surrounding area, particularly the forested Continental Divide as it weaves its way E then S to Sheep Mountain, which is still a good 4 miles away. I found nothing atop this peak, so I built a decent cairn. Any ranked summit on the CD deserves one.
USGS Big Hole Pass
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