Peak 8666 (North Wilson Peak) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 8,666 ft
Prominence: 326

This peak is not in the book. Please note that the North Fork Wilson Creek Trail/FST-348 (on Page 366 of the book) is now signed as “Wilson Canyon Trail” at its junction with the Highline Trail/FST-316 near Trouble Spring. The USGS topo map fails to show FST-331 and erroneously shows South Fork Wilson Creek Trail/FST-330 (which no longer exists). Published November 2018


Peak 8666 is located on the long ridge that runs from Soda Peak all the way north to Highway 30 at the west terminus of the Alexander Reservoir. Both Peak 8666 and Soda Peak are in the Wasatch Range of the Bear River Mountains. Peak 8666 sits at the head of the North Fork Wilson Creek drainage. It barely qualifies as a ranked summit.

Date of Climb:  September 8, 2018

Southeast Face, Class 2

Access

From the stoplight at the junction of Highway 30 and South 3rd Street drive S on South 3rd Street, which becomes Eightmile Road. At 6.4 miles, turn R at an unmarked junction (the road going straight is gravel, not paved). At 7.8 miles, the pavement ends. At 9.6 miles, there is an unmarked junction with a private road (on the RHS) just before reaching the RHS turnoff for Camp Ho Nok.The private road is gated but provides access to the Cache National Forest and North Fork Wilson Creek Trail/FST-348 and FST-331. There is ample parking space here. The elevation at this road junction is 6,200 feet.

Route

Hike westward up the private access road for 0.4 miles to the Cache National Forest boundary and a dual trailhead. North Fork Wilson Creek Trail/FST-348 goes STRAIGHT/WEST; FST-311 goes RIGHT/NORTH. Follow the North Fork Wilson Creek Trail as it climbs steeply up the canyon to intersect the Highline Trail/FST-316 at a signed “T” junction near Trouble Spring at about 8,100 feet in elevation.

From the junction of FST-348 and FST-316, bushwhack through a short section of thick forest to reach open terrain on the Southeast Face of Peak 8666. Scramble NW up through open desert scrub with plenty of gaps in it. I found no game trails on this face. Stay to the R/E of a prominent dry gully. The summit is a large, dead, twisted tree (still standing) on the ridgeline. Nearby there is a small cairn.

South Ridge, Class 2

Access

Same as for the North Ridge Route.

Route

From the summit, follow the ridge southward to reach the connecting saddle with Soda Peak. This saddle is at 8,340 feet. The South Ridge is easy, open terrain (mostly short scrub) with a few scattered trees and blowdown. The final 150 feet (horizontal) and 30 feet (vertical drop) is on the Highline ATV Trail/FST-316.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Bear River Range

First Ascent Information:

  • Other First Ascent: Southeast Face
  • Year: 2018
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Livingston Douglas
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  • Other First Ascent: South Ridge -Descent
  • Year: 2018
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Livingston Douglas

Longitude: -111.62979   Latitude: 42.54109

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