Elevation: 8,297 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Date of Climb: May 25, 2019
Peak 8297 South 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 South Summit alone is NOT ENOUGH. You must also do Peak 8297 North. Since the peaks are of equal height, you can claim TWO summits if you do the work. USGS Antelope Flat
East Spur/South Face, Class 2
Same as for the East Ridge of Peak 8288/Broken Wagon Peak. This route is the next leg in a ridge traverse from Peak 8288 to Peak 8297 South to Peak 8297 North.
From the second 7,740-foot saddle SW of Peak 8288, follow a jeep road SW up to 7,800 feet. Leave the road here to contour N around the head of a drainage. Elk trails help here. Once on the other side of the drainage, climb up an easy, open scrub slope to reach the well-cairned Point 8088. This cairn is 5 feet tall and can be seen from a long distance.
From Point 8088, descend the easy open ridge W then NW to a cattle meadow that sits directly below (S of) Peak 8297 South and at the head of a massive drainage to the E. Follow one of two obvious cattle/elk trails northward up onto the summit ridge. Scramble a little farther N to reach the cairned high point of Peak 8297 South. From here, you have an outstanding view of both Peak 8288 (to the E) and the circuitous connecting ridge to Peak 8297 North.
Northeast Face, Class 2
Same as for the East Spur/South Face Route. This is part of a ridge traverse from Peak 8297 South to Peak 8297 North and back.
From the summit of Peak 8297 South, bushwhack NE down through thick sagebrush (weaving required) to a wide saddle. This is the base of the Northeast Face.
South Face/South Gully, Class 2
Same as for the East Spur/South Face Route. This is the final leg of a loop route that begins and ends near the base of Broken Wagon Road close to US-93.
From the summit of Peak 8297 South, descend the scrub on the South Face down to a saddle at the head of a large drainage (to the E) and a gully (to the SW). Descend SW down the sagebrush of a dry gully, using elk trails, to quickly reach Broken Wagon Creek Road. Follow the road 4 miles east to return to the parking area and your vehicle. There is an early 200-foot ascent up a hill required in this final road hike.