Peak 8420

Elevation: 8,420 ft
Prominence: 320

Peak 8420 viewed from Peak 8722.

This peak is not in the book. Published August 2019


Peak 8420 is located on a ridge that runs from Elk Summit to Pilot Peak and between Peak 8498 and Peak 8722. It has an impressive 600 plus foot east face. USGS Wolf Fang Peak

Peak 8420 viewed from Peak 8722.

Peak 8420 viewed from Peak 8722.

Access

Primary access for this peak is from the road that runs between Yellow Pine and Warren, FS-340. [(B)(3.2) page 137] FS-341 leaves FS-340 3.5 miles west of Elk Summit and runs to Pilot Peak in 5.1 miles. (While this peak can be climbed from any spot along FS-341 or from the access road for Peak 9101, the west ridge is likely the most efficient route to the summit.) Follow FS-341 toward Pilot Peak until you reach a parking spot under Point 8314 and southwest of Peak 8420. This is one of the few wide spots on this narrow road. (If you reach the Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead you have gone to far.) The road is steep in places but no rougher than FS-340.

Traveling through this area of the Salmon River Mountains requires a high clearance vehicle with good tires at a minimum. These roads traverse burned areas and you should understand that there is a high probability of encountering downed trees on the road. Taking a chain saw is not an unreasonable idea.

Southwest Ridge, Class 2

From the parking spot angle up toward the saddle between Point 8314 and Peak 8420. Once in the saddle climb up the peak’s southwest ridge to the rocky summit. Downed trees are the only obstacle you will encounter.

As shown on the map below, we continued on to Peak 8722.

My GPS track for Peak’s 8420 and 8722.

My GPS track for Peak’s 8420 and 8722.

The summit of Peak 8420.

The summit of Peak 8420.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Central Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2019

Longitude: -115.44749   Latitude: 45.17329

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