Elevation: 8,979 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Peak 8979 is a minor hill hidden among a plethora of massive mountains in the Ike Creek drainage. The easiest ascent route is via its East Face from Uncle Ike Road/FST-4341 at a nearby saddle. USGS Fallert Springs
South Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: June 27, 2019
From Howe, drive N on the Little Lost River Highway for 13.4 miles to an [unsigned] junction with Uncle Ike Road. This junction is 0.8 miles N of the signed junction for North Creek Road. Turn R/E onto Uncle Ike Road and drive 5.0 miles up the somewhat-rough, 2-track desert road to the Challis National Forest boundary (signed). Park shortly after this point in a grassy pullout.
If the road is too rough, you can probably make it 4.9 miles up the road and park in a pullout on the L/N side of the road only 0.1 miles before the NF boundary. The elevation at the NF boundary is about 6,180 feet. If you have an ATV, you can shorten this climb considerably by riding up the Uncle Ike Creek ATV Trail (FST-4341) for several miles.
Hike (or drive) up FST-4341 along Uncle Ike Creek for about 3-1/2 miles to a signed road junction (7,789 feet). FST-4238 goes up a side drainage to the R/E here. Stay on FST-4341 and follow it for another ½ mile to reach a fork in the valley at the base of the South Face of Peak 8979. Go a short distance past the fork to reach the near side of the rocky crest of the South Ridge. The rocky outcrops on the ridge are obvious and quite visible from the ATV trail.
Leave the ATV trail here and bushwhack N up the steep face, just to the L/W of the rocky outcrops. The terrain is initially scrub but it soon changes over to pine forest. As soon as is feasible, more R onto the ridge crest and follow it to the summit. The summit of Peak 8979 is a small area of ground rock and short pines. There were no signs of previous ascent, so I built a small cairn.
North Ridge/East Spur (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the South Ridge Route
From the summit, descend the ridge northward to a false summit. Continue to follow the ridge as it goes through a stretch of pine forest and bends R (NE then E). You will soon find a weak 2-track jeep road on the ridge crest as the forest gives way to a sagebrush slope. The 2-track road gets better and becomes an ATV trail that leads E down to a grassy, gentle saddle where Uncle Ike Road/FST-4341 crosses it. Follow FST-4341 back down Uncle Ike Creek all the way to the NF boundary and your parking spot.