Peak 8420

Elevation: 8,420 ft
Prominence: 1,440

Peak 8420 viewed from the south.

This peak is not in the book. Published August 2019


This peak is located just north of Whitehawk Mountain. It is the highest point on the ridge that divides the Deadwood River drainage from the Bear Valley Creek drainage. ThIs peak was a victim of the Pioneer Fire which burned much of the surrounding area. The summit is formed by a small granite outcrop. USGS Whitehawk Mountain

Peak 8420 viewed from the south.

Peak 8420 viewed from the south.

Access

The best access to this peak is from Whitehawk Mountain via the rough road leads to the Whitehawk Mountain fire lookout. The road is gated 0.9 miles before the lookout. From Lowman, take the Clear Creek Road, FS-582 [(E)(1.1)] north out of Lowman north to Big Meadows. At 12.0 miles, there is a junction. (If you go straight you will eventually reach the trailhead for Red Mountain.) Take a hard left and follow the now steep and narrow road up and over Clear Creek Summit and then down into Big Meadows after another 7.6 miles. The junction for the Whitehawk Mountain Road, FS-569 is festooned with signs discussing the meadow’s interesting history. Turn onto FS-569 and follow it to the summit, A 4WD is recommended. There is poor parking just before the gate.

South Ridge, Class 2

From the road’s end at the lookout follow the open ridge north to the high point of Whitehawk Mountain and then continue north to the next hump. The tread of an old trail can be followed much of the way. The distance from the lookout to the high point is roughly 0.6 miles with a minimum of up and down. From the final hump on Whitehawk Mountain’s summit ridge continue north. The tread of an old trail descends Whitehawk’s north ridge to the saddle below. Elk have heavily used this old tread but downed timber blocks the way in a few places.

From the saddle which is 7,980 feet, climb up Peak 8420’s north ridge to the summit. There are steep game trails most of the way. The burned timber was still standing in 2019. The route will be a bit more difficult when the dead trees fall.

My GPS track. It is 0.9 miles with 460 feet of gain from the gate to the lookout and another 0.6 miles to the high point. Round trip from the gate to Peak 8420 clocked in at 4.8 miles with 1,300 feet of gain.

My GPS track. It is 0.9 miles with 460 feet of gain from the gate to the lookout and another 0.6 miles to the high point. Round trip from the gate to Peak 8420 clocked in at 4.8 miles with 1,300 feet of gain.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Central Clearwater Peaks

Year Climbed: 2019

Longitude: -125.52769   Latitude: 44.30479

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