Elevation: 8,297 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Date of Climb: May 25, 2019
Peak 8297 North is one of two summits of exactly equal, measured heights. This is highly unusual, particularly given that the summits are over 1-1/2 miles apart via a twisting, turning, up-and-down ridge traverse. Thankfully, the terrain here is open scrub and goes relatively quickly. You must do each summit in order to bag this peak. The ridge traverse takes just under 40 minutes each way. The North Summit alone is NOT ENOUGH. You must also do Peak 8297 South. Since the peaks are of equal height, you can claim TWO summits if you do the work. USGS Antelope Flat
East Ridge, Class 2
From the 8,100-foot saddle at the base of the North Face of Peak 8297 South, pick up a good elk trail that skirts the W side of a couple of minor ridge humps to get past Point 8205. Scramble W across the easy, open ridge to reach a final hump (8200+). Descend N to another saddle [Note: you can skirt this final hump, at least a little, by using an elk trail on the hump’s east side].
From the final saddle, head N up a final section of easy ridge to reach the small, gentle summit of Peak 8297 North. In contrast to the decent summit cairn atop Peak 8297 South, Peak 8297 North had no summit cairn. I built a small cairn atop the high point. There isn’t much talus/scree to work with here. Return to the summit of Peak 8297 South by descending the East Ridge Route of Peak 8297 North and ascending the Northeast Face Route of Peak 8297 South. From the summit of Peak 8297 South, descend to Broken Wagon Creek Road and follow it E for about 4 miles to return to the parking area near US-93.