Peak 7921 (McFates Canyon Ridge) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,921 ft
Prominence: 501

Peak 7921 (dead-center) and its Southeast Ridge as viewed from the base of the West Ridge of Bell Mountain. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Peak 7921 sits at the head of McFates Canyon, a side canyon emanating from Muldoon Canyon, east of Bellevue, ID. It is the high point on a narrow ridge that separates Sharps Canyon from McFates Canyon. 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 Seamans Creek

Peak 7921 (dead-center) and its Southeast Ridge as viewed from the base of the West Ridge of Bell Mountain. Livingston Douglas Photo

Peak 7921 (dead-center) and its Southeast Ridge as viewed from the base of the West Ridge of Bell Mountain. Livingston Douglas Photo

Northeast Spur/Northwest Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 10, 2019

Access

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). The toe of the Northeast Spur of the Northwest Ridge is at this junction, on the W side of Sharps Canyon Road.

The Climb

From the parking pullout, bushwhack W through steep sagebrush then a mix of sagebrush/pines to reach the crest of the Northeast Spur. Climb S then SW up the spur on a ridge thick with pines and scrub (not pleasant) to finally reach open terrain at Point 7214. The Northeast Spur ends here as it merges into the Northwest Ridge.

Scramble SE up the undulating Northwest Ridge. You will soon find an old 2-track jeep road on the ridge crest. Follow this old road all the way to the Northwest Summit of Peak 7921. The Northwest Summit (7,921 feet) looks and measures (by altimeter readings) slightly lower than the Southeast Summit (7,916 feet). Stand on both potential summits just to be sure, even though they are both measured summits. Neither of these ridge humps has a summit cairn on it.

Peak 7921 as viewed from the summit of Bell Mountain. Livingston Douglas Photo

Peak 7921 as viewed from the summit of Bell Mountain. Livingston Douglas Photo

Southeast Ridge (Descent), Class 1

Access

Same as for the North Ridge Route. This is the first leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 7921 to Bell Mountain (7,988 feet).

The Descent

From the Northwest Summit, hike along the 2-track jeep road as it follows the ridge SE up over the Southeast Summit. It becomes a better road and continues along the ridge all the way down to a road junction at the head of Sharps Canyon. The Sharps Canyon BLM Road crosses the ridge here. This is the terminus of the Southeast Ridge.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Longitude: -144.14379   Latitude: 43.44149

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