Peak 9276 (Worm Lake Peak) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 9,276 ft
Prominence: 776

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This peak is not in the book. Published October 2018

This peak is located southeast of Saint Charles Mountain. I call it Worm Lake Peak because it dominates the Worm Lake Basin with its impressive north ridge. The standard route up this seldom-climbed peak is from the south via the Highline Trail. USGS Paris Peak

West Ridge, Class 2


Same access as for the northeast ridge of Saint Charles Mountain. This climb is part of a ridge traverse from Saint Charles Mountain.

The Climb

From the 9,020-foot saddle west of Peak 9276, bushwhack east up the rather ill-defined ridge in relatively easy open forest as well as sections of open desert scrub to the left/north of the forest’s edge. The blowdown in the forest is not too bad. The forest ends abruptly at a north-to-south ridgeline of trees. To the east of this ridge is open desert scrub. The summit high point is near the north end of this ridgeline. The summit is actually one of the trees and has a small summit cairn nearby.

North Face/North Gully, Class 2


Same access as for the west ridge. This descent is part of a ridge traverse from Saint Charles Mountain and a return to the Worm Lake Trail.

The Descent

From the summit of Peak 9276, descend east along a ridge for about 150 vertical feet then turn left/north to descend into the forested north face of the peak. The bushwhack down through the open forest is surprisingly easy and very fast. Thankfully, there is very little deadfall in this forest. The terrain’s angle will pull you leftward/northeast and dump you into a wide, easy gully that splits the north face. This gully is easy to identify as you descend because it is in wide open terrain (desert scrub). And, better yet, it is a gentle gully with a well-beaten cattle trail in it that leads all the way back to the south end of Worm Lake. Continue on a good cattle trail on the east side of the lake to reach the Worm Lake Trail at the north end of the lake. Follow the Worm Lake Trail back to the Horse Flat Trail. Descend the Horse Flat Trail back to the trailhead at the terminus of FSR-457.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Bear River Range

First Ascent Information:

  • Other First Ascent: West Ridge
  • Year: 2018
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Livingston Douglas
  • Other First Ascent: North Face/North Gully -Descent
  • Year: 2018
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Livingston Douglas

Longitude: -111.55369   Latitude: 42.13509

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