Elevation: 8,300 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Peak 8300 is a minor hump located between Little Elk Mountain and Big Elk Mountain. It sits above the headwaters of both Wolverine Creek and Deadman Creek. In actuality, Peak 8300 is a bump on the long southwest ridge of Big Elk Mountain. It is easily climbed in combination with either Little Elk Mountain or Big Elk Mountain. USGS Big Elk Mountain
Same as for Little Elk Mountain. This is the second leg of a two-peak journey that begins at the trailhead for the Great Western Trail near McCoy Creek Road.
Southwest Ridge, Class 2
From the 8,020-foot connecting ridge with Little Elk Mountain, climb northeast up the southwest ridge on a STEEP use trail of loose gravel (dangerous on descent) to reach the summit ridge of Peak 8300. The summit high point is about 100 feet left/north up the narrow, brush-and-rock ridge crest. The summit has no summit cairn but offers a magnificent view of Big Elk Mountain to its northeast.
Return to the Great Western Trail, Class 2
From the summit, descend the steep, loose use trail down to the 8,020-foot saddle. Follow the Great Western Trail from the saddle as it ascends diagonally left/southwest up to the south spur of Little Elk Mountain to reach an unsigned ridge junction (cairn here). Head left/south at this junction and follow the Great Western Trail back to the trailhead near McCoy Creek Road.