Elevation: 8,038 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Peak 8038 sits at the head of Marshall Canyon and Corral Creek. It is the next-door neighbor of Tincup Mountain (8,220) to its west. It is most easily reached via Bear Canyon Road and FST-464. It is a fun scramble up the southwest ridge from the 7,620-foot connecting saddle with Tincup Mountain. USGS Tincup Mountain
Same as for Tincup Mountain. This is the second leg of a two-peak journey that begins on Bear Canyon Road.
Southwest Ridge, Class 2
From the 7,620-foot connecting saddle with Tincup Mountain, follow a good use trail (FST-463) up the center of the southwest ridge. This trail is NOT shown on the USGS topo map. Higher up, the trail bends right-ish/east. Leave the trail here and bushwhack northeast up through sagebrush to reach the flattish summit ridge. This ridge goes east-southeast and quickly enters a thick pine forest.
There are some minor, hidden undulations in the forest. You soon reach a possible summit high point (the northwest summit). The ridge now bends right/southeast to drop slightly then rise to reach the true/southeast summit of Peak 8038 in open terrain. Based on the USGS topo map, this is the high point. There was nothing on top.
Return to Bear Canyon Road, Class 2
Return to the connecting saddle via the ascent route. From the saddle, follow FST-464 as it ascends diagonally right (south) to cross a ridge crest (cairn here) and immediately descend switchbacks to reach Bear Canyon and an old jeep road. FST-464 is narrow, overgrown, and hard to follow in some of the open brushy areas. Some of the switchbacks are LONG but it sure beats bushwhacking through the thick forest and brush in this area.
FST-464 is unsigned and reaches the old Bear Canyon jeep road (for ATVs and rugged 4X4s only) in a large, open meadow. Follow the road down Bear Canyon to get back to the corral where this journey began. The road crosses to the right/west side of Bear Canyon Creek shortly before reaching the corral. No worries. The creek goes underneath the road through a culvert.