Peak 8980 (In the Way Peak)

Elevation: 8,980 ft
Prominence: 280

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This peak is not in the book. Published June 2020

This peak is located due north of Massacre Mountain. I first climbed this peak in 1988 on my way to North Massacre and Massacre Mountain. The climb was a quasi-death march which started at Buck Springs because the road was too muddy to go any farther. Rather than following the longer 4WD road around this peak, we chose to cross over its summit. USGS Massacre Mountain

Peak 8980


Dry Creek Cutoff Road/Buck Springs Road [(A)(6.1 alt.) on Page 290]. Drive the 4WD Buck Springs Road until it forks at the 8,000-foot contour. Take the right fork, cross the small drainage and drive to the flat spot 100 yards to the north. Park here.

Northeast Ridge, Class 2

This peak can be climbed from any direction. This route looked as good as any. From the parking area, simply climb the steep slopes to the summit ridge. Once you reach the ridge, traverse around the summit to the twin high points. The westernmost point is the highest. The easternmost point has a large cairn on its top. This route covers  3.1 miles with 900 feet of elevation gain round trip.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Year Climbed: 1988, 2020

Longitude: -113.52769   Latitude: 44.11959

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