Elevation: 8,142 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Peak 8142 is one of two peaks located on the east side of Henrys Cutoff Road. The best access to these peaks is from Henrys Cutoff Pass (7,056 feet). This climb is the first leg of a two-peak adventure that includes Peak 8142 and nearby Henry Peak (8,319 feet). Both of these peaks have open summits and offer beautiful views of the surrounding area. USGS Wayan West
From the east end of ID-34 (at a county road about a mile north of Freedom, WY), drive west on ID-34 for 19.3 miles to an [signed] junction. Turn left/south onto [paved] Wayan Loop East Road and reset your odometer. At 2.4 miles, go straight onto Henrys Cutoff Road/FSR-355. At 2.6 miles, reach the Caribou National Forest boundary. At 3.9 miles, reach Henrys Cutoff Pass. Park here (7,056 feet).
West Face/West Ridge, Class 2
From the parking area on the west side of Henrys Cutoff Pass, cross Henrys Cutoff Road and scramble east-southeast up a steep slope of gapped sagebrush and brush to reach the west ridge. Be sure to avoid sections of aspens (to the right) and willows to make this an easy climb. Higher up, stay to the right of a section of thick pines. Once on the west ridge, cruise to the summit on easy, short grass. The summit is a narrow ridge crest and has a large cairn at the high point. The views from the top are splendid.
South Ridge, Class 2
From the summit, descend southeast briefly on the ridge crest then south to a thick, forested saddle on easy, short field grass. Climb up over a bare hump and then descend to a second saddle, which is the low point between Peak 8142 and Henry Peak. The second saddle is forested and is a combination of pines, aspens, and brush. This concludes the first leg of today’s two-peak journey. Henry Peak is up next.