Peak 8933 (John Milton Peak)

Elevation: 8,933 ft
Prominence: 393

This peak is not in the book.


Located in Adams County, Peak 8933, which is unofficially named after John Milton the author of the classic poem of Lucifer becoming the Devil–Paradise Lost, is the second highest summit in the southern Seven Devils Mountains. The peak has a long north-south trending summit ridge, which is very rugged on its north end and gentler to the south.

John Milton Peak viewed from Peak 8180 to the south.

John Milton Peak viewed from Peak 8180 to the south.

John Platt and I climbed it from Black Lake to the south. Use this link for Black Lake access information. Just before reaching Black Lake, there is a short, spur road on the right with room for one 4WD vehicle to park. On the downhill side of this spur, an unofficial trail drops down the hill side. This trail will eventually lead you to Satan Lake. While not an official trail, it has a good tread and is relatively easy to follow.

At the lake, we headed due east, crossing the outlet creek and then climbed to the peak’s south ridge, at roughly 7,800 feet, through an open forested slope. Once on the ridge, we turned north and proceeded up the ridge gaining another 1,100 feet, while dodging downed trees and a few towers along the way.

Class 2+ with 1,900 feet of gain, 220 feet of loss in 3.2 miles.

USGS Topo: Purgatory Saddle

My GPS track.

My GPS track.

Satan Lake.

Satan Lake.

Following the south ridge up toward the summit was mostly uneventful.

Following the south ridge up toward the summit was mostly uneventful.

The view west from the ridge.

The view west from the ridge.

Towers can be bypassed without to much trouble.

Towers can be bypassed without too much trouble.

The only climbing we encountered was a bit of scrambling at the summit.

The only climbing we encountered was a bit of scrambling at the summit.

The route we followed in red climbing out of he Satan Lake basin.

The route we followed in red that climbs out of the Satan Lake basin.

Mountain Range: Seven Devil Mountains

Year Climbed: 2016

Longitude: -116.55409   Latitude: 45.21409

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