Peak 7978 (Six Bit Peak)

Elevation: 7,978 ft
Prominence: 558

Six Bit viewed from the west.

This peak is not in the book. Published August 2019


Peak 7987 is located north of Big Creek Summit and the Warm Lake Highway. Like many Lick Creek peaks the actual summit is formed by a granite boulder which makes the final ascent difficult.  USGS Gold Fork Rock

Six Bit viewed from the west.

Six Bit viewed from the west.

Access

There are two ways to access this peak. The first is from the Warm Lake Highway [(C)(1) page 138] at Big Creek Summit. A road leads north from the pass and quickly becomes FST-4150. Follow this trail north past Peak 7789 to Six Bit Peak’s south ridge. Use the link below to read John Platt’s trip report for this route.

The second access route is via FS-411 and 411A which lead to the Gold Fork Lookout site. The road is accessed from the Warm Lake Highway [(C)(1) on page 138]. From ID-55 follow the Warm Lake Highway east for roughly 11.0 miles to the signed junction for the Gold Fork L.O. Turn left onto FS-411 and follow its twisted path north. The farther you go the more the road deteriorates. The road turns hard left just off the highway and then right. There are no trespassing signs but they do not apply to the road. Once starting up hill there are no confusing junctions. A 4WD is a necessity. Expect brush to scrape your sides and be prepared for downed trees. Despite these issues it appears the road see moderate use. At roughly 8.0 miles you will reach the turn for the trailhead for FST-4150. See the map.

FST-4150 actually starts as a rough road which leads to a junction where FST-4150 and FST-4115 split. This map also shows my GPS track for Sox Bit Peak.

FST-4150 actually starts as a rough road which leads to a junction where FST-4150 and FST-4115 split. This map also shows my GPS track for Sox Bit Peak.

Western Slopes, Class 2 with Class 4 Summit Boulder

From the point where FST-4115 and FST-4150 split follow 4150 south through a narrow meadow and then into a larger meadow. The tread disappears in this meadow but the trail is routed just as shown on the map. Follow the meadow’s left/north side until you find blazes on the trees where the trail reenters the forest. From this point, the trail is hard to follow. Look for occasional blazes and cairns. The trail completely disappears due west of the summit. Turn east and climb the western slopes to the summit.

The high point is a large granite boulder. This boulder is not easily ascended and I suspect no one will ever stand on top of it. The boulder has a large crack. The crack is not easy to ascend but is amenable to jamming in your boots and arms to get high enough to a point where you can either get you hand on top or mantle up on top. The crack is not easy and getting down even harder.

The jam crack.

The jam crack.

John Platt climbing the jam crack in the winter of 2017.

John Platt climbing the jam crack in the winter of 2017.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2019

Longitude: -115.81689   Latitude: 44.65029

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