Snowslide Point by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,782 ft
Prominence: 42

This benchmark location is not in the book. Published December 2019


Snowslide Point lies at the N end of a long ridge that Rick Baugher calls Snowslide Ridge. Ironically, the unranked point is officially named, but the high point (Peak 7882) is not. Since Snowslide Point is named AND is separated by almost a mile from Peak 7882, I include it as a separate objective. Most climbers would focus solely on Peak 7882, so this point probably doesn’t see too many visitors. USGS Meade Peak

South Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: September 9, 2019

Access

Same as for the West Gully/West Shoulder Route of Peak 7882

The Climb

From the summit of Peak 7882, follow the ridge crest northward for about 0.8 mile through easy scrub and ground scree/gravel to reach a minor saddle. Scramble uphill about 40 vertical feet to reach the ill-defined summit of Snowslide Point. This point has a smattering of mountain mahogany, talus/boulders, and scrub.

North Shoulder/North Face (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the West Gully/West Shoulder Route of Peak 7882

The Descent

From the summit of Snowslide Point, continue northward on the ridge for a short distance to a final, bald scrub area that sits at the top of the steep northern aspects of this mountain. Move to the R/E side of the summit plateau to begin a descent of a reasonably-defined shoulder that heads NE then N down the steep North Face of Snowslide Ridge. The shoulder initially is forested on its L/W side and open scrub on its R/E side. Follow the shoulder’s crest down toward Snowslide Canyon and FSR-111/Crow Creek Road. The view here is rather frightening because the face is so steep. The shoulder bends L/N and then just disappears, turning into a steep face descent through a pine forest.

The pine forest is rather thick with a fair amount of blowdown, but it goes quickly. As you near Snowslide Canyon and its rushing creek, you emerge from the forest into an open sagebrush strip that borders the willow-clogged wet drainage at the base of Snowslide Canyon. FSR-111/Crow Creek Road is on the far side of this mess. Follow a cattle trail L/W on the near side of the willows until you find a relatively easy, willow-free crossing of the creek. Jump the creek and do some minimal willow-bashing to reach the [blessed] road. Hike W then S down FSR-111/Crow Creek Road to return to the N end of Montpelier Reservoir and your parking spot.

Mountain Range: Peale Mountains

Longitude: -111.160583   Latitude: 42.386717

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