Elevation: 8,288 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Date of Climb: May 25, 2019
Peak 8288 is the easternmost of three gentle hills in this area: Peak 8297 North, Peak 8297 South, and Peak 8288. Peak 8288 towers over the Broken Wagon Creek drainage to its south. The peak is easily approached from nearby US-93 just north of Willow Creek Summit. The easiest ascent route is via the Southwest Ridge from Broken Wagon Creek Road. USGS Antelope Flat
East Ridge, Class 2
From the signed junction of US-93 and Broken Wagon Creek Road (a few miles N of Willow Creek Summit), turn L/W onto Broken Wagon Creek Road. At an almost-immediate road junction, go straight to remain on Broken Wagon Creek Road. Drive 0.3 miles W up Broken Wagon Creek Road to a large, flat parking/camping area (6,610 feet). This area is at the base of the East Ridge of Peak 8288.
From the parking area alongside Broken Wagon Creek Road, hike up the road for a short distance. Leave the road to bushwhack WSW up through sagebrush to reach the ridge rock of the East Ridge near its low point. There is an obvious grassy ramp here which makes it easy to climb up onto the crest of the East Ridge. Once on the ridge, follow it W as it climbs gradually then more steeply through open scrub.
Pass a rocky buttress on its R/N side and scramble up easy short scrub and broken scree to reach the L/S edge of a prominent forest. The forest itself is open and equally easy. The rounded ridge narrows as you approach the summit area. The high point of Peak 8288 is the middle rocky point on a narrow section of ridge that borders a pine forest to the north. The summit has a small cairn on top.
Southwest Ridge, Class 2
Same as for the East Ridge Route. This is part of a ridge traverse from Peak 8288 to Peak 8297 South to Peak 8297 North.
From the summit, follow the ridge crest W for about ½ mile. Leave the summit ridge area and descend a 2-track jeep road SW down the gentle ridge crest to a large saddle. Continue heading SW on the jeep road SW over a hump and down to another saddle of equal height. This is the base of the Southwest Ridge.