Stinson Hill by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 6,660 ft
Prominence: 480

Farther up the Northeast Ridge. The false summit is right of center. The true summit is not visible from here. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Stinson Hill is a difficult-to-find hump that barely exceeds the height of some surrounding hills. It sits over 1-1/2 miles W of Fish Creek Reservoir. It is a ranked summit, however, and can be reached via an access road on private land and on BLM land after that point. The easiest ascent route is via the North Ridge, mostly on roads and trails. USGS Fish Creek Reservoir

Farther up the Northeast Ridge. The false summit is right of center. The true summit is not visible from here. Livingston Douglas Photo

The Upper Northeast Ridge of Stinson Hill. The false summit is right of center. The true summit is not visible from here. Livingston Douglas Photo

Northeast Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 2, 2019

Access

From US-20, drive N up Fish Creek Road for 5.5 miles to a junction signed for the “Boat Ramp.” This is the West Fork Fish Creek Road and should be signed. The WF Fish Creek Road is a curvy, narrow dirt road with some blind curves, so be very careful when driving it. Turn L/W here onto the WF Fish Creek Road and drive 2.7 miles to a meadow with an unsigned road junction and a gated cattle fence on the L/W side of the road. This is the old Stinson Canyon Road. Park in a large parking/pullout area near the gate. Public access is allowed on the gated road but only by foot or horse travel. The elevation here is 5,350 feet.

The Climb

From the parking area, go over (or around) the locked cattle gate and follow a jeep road for 0.3 miles to an unsigned junction. The left fork (better quality jeep road) goes to a private ranch. The weak right fork (barely visible) goes up Stinson Canyon and is the correct choice. These roads are shown on the USGS topo map. Follow the weak 2-track road for 0.3 miles to a cattle fence. This is the boundary between private land and BLM land. Jump the fence and enter public lands.

Continue hiking up the old road to the mouth of Stinson Canyon after crossing under power lines. Leave the road here (5,600 feet) and climb S up a scrub/sagebrush face that becomes a shoulder higher up. The terrain on the shoulder is decent sagebrush and field grass. Cross a minor ridge hump and descend R/SW to a minor saddle. Scramble S up over much larger ridge hump and drop SW to a marshy area (“Springs” on the USGS topo map).

Skirt the L/E side then the S side of the marsh to climb W up a sagebrush/grass shoulder to reach the final section of ridge. Find a cattle fence here and follow it SW up to the summit plateau. The summit area is covered with sagebrush and has 2 small rocky outcrops of ground boulders, neither of which is the high point. A clump of tall sagebrush appears to be the high point and is at the NE end of the summit plateau. There were no signs of previous ascent.

North Slopes (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the Northeast Ridge Route

The Descent

From the summit, descend N then NW on a shoulder (sagebrush/grass and scree) down to an area where you can see a good 2-track jeep road below you heading due N from a saddle up and over Point 6262. At 6,400 feet, the shoulder forks. Follow the R/N fork here and descend to a saddle that sits just below, and S of, Point 6262. You will find an intersection of two jeep roads here. Hike straight/N up a good 2-track jeep road, climbing up over Point 6262 and down to another 2-track jeep road junction.

At this second road junction, go R/E. This is Stinson Canyon Road. Follow the road E then NE as it drops into Stinson Canyon. The road eventually bends R/E to exit the canyon. Continue down the road all the way to its unsigned junction with a private road. Go straight/E here and hike 0.3 mile on this road to get back to your parked vehicle at the base of this road just outside the locked cattle gate.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Longitude: -113.86169   Latitude: 43.43469

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