Elevation: 7,927 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018
Peak 7927 is a seldom-visited mountain that is located above Williams Canyon and the narrow, rugged Right Fork of Williams Canyon. ID-36 sits at the base of the Southeast Face of Peak 7927, but is not visible from the summit. USGS Midnight Mountain
Date of Climb: September 13, 2018
South Spur/East Ridge, Class 2
From Emigration Pass (7,424 feet) on ID-36, drive SW on ID-36 for 2.3 miles to a highway section that cuts away the East Ridge of Peak 7927 at the South Spur, leaving a sharp cliff band on the highway’s R/NW side. There is nowhere to park right here, but you have two options. First, you can drive another 0.4 miles SW on ID-36 to a large, paved pullout on the E side of the highway and park. Second, you can park on FSR-1243 (signed), a dirt road on the R/NW side of the highway located about ¼ mile NE of the South Spur. I chose the latter option to shorten the hike a bit.
From the junction of ID-36 and FSR-1243, walk down ID-36 about ¼ mile to reach the rocky base of the South Spur of the East Ridge of Peak 7927. The easiest way to surmount the spur is to approach it from the L/S side. Scramble up steep but easy open terrain (desert scrub) northward up the rounded spur. Aspens soon mix in with the desert scrub, but the going remains relatively easy. The spur bends L/NW as you ascend higher. A little higher up, the South Spur merges with the East Ridge and the ridge crest requires a L/W turn. You will find game trails in the forested sections (pines + aspens) but these areas are fairly limited.
Once you reach the East Ridge, the terrain becomes much more problematic. A steeper slope, thick scrub, aspens, and willows combine to make your life miserable, particularly since you’re grinding your way UPHILL. Keep plowing your way W up the rounded ridge, which morphs into more of a face than a ridge. Thankfully, the terrain is mostly in open terrain or semi-open terrain. The ridge bends R/NW for the final 100+ vertical feet in thick desert scrub. There is no relief until you finally reach the summit high point, which is a combination of ground talus/scree and short scrub.
The summit high point area had nothing on top—no signs of previous ascent. I built a respectable cairn in the open summit area using dinner-plate rock that I found nearby. There is a massive pine tree close by. It could be the high point, but I don’t think so. There are no false summits up here. The terrain gradually falls away on all sides.
South Ridge/Southeast Face, Class 3 —DESCENT:
Same as for the South Spur/East Ridge Route.
If you climb the South Spur/East Ridge Route, you cannot help but notice (from ID-36) a magnificent ridge descending to the highway about ¼ mile south of the base of the South Spur. Wouldn’t it be fun to descend that instead of simply retracing the South Spur/East Ridge Route that you just ascended? Sure it would, so let’s do it.
From the summit of Peak 7927, follow the ridge S to the south summit (Point 7840+). You must drop to scrub-clogged saddle on your way to the open, scree/short veg hump that is the south summit. Unfortunately, the south summit, like the true summit, sits back from the face so that you cannot get a good look at the terrain below that awaits you. The USGS topo map shows the Southeast Face as a cornucopia of gullies and shoulders and, indeed, it is. From the south summit, descend ESE on the face through open desert scrub with scattered mountain mahogany to circumvent.
Angle leftward/E and contour across an aspen-filled gully to reach an obvious shoulder. Descend this shoulder SE all the way down to the highway. This shoulder has some unexpectedly steep sections of willows, desert scrub, and even some hidden rock bands. These sections are of Class 3 difficulty and are the crux of the descent. You won’t find any game trails or cattle trails in this stuff. As you approach the highway, the drop is so pronounced that you will fear getting cliffed out. A parachute might be a better descent option from here.
But the USGS topo map shows that you won’t get cliffed out and you don’t. However, you must bash your way through aspens and thick scrub. You will be greatly relieved to reach the solid footing of ID-36. You will find some cattle trails near the highway as you complete your descent. Once on ID-36, walk up the highway about ½ mile to your parking spot on FSR-1243.
Mountain Range: Bear River Range
First Ascent Information:
- Other First Ascent: South Spur/East Ridge
- Year: 2018
- Season: Summer
- Party: Livingston Douglas
- Other First Ascent: South Ridge/Southeast Face
- Year: 2018
- Season: Summer
- Party: Living Douglas
Longitude: -111.61179 Latitude: 42.34719