Stone Hills HP by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 5,630 ft
Prominence: 520

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Stone Hills HP is in the distance with its long north ridge. The summit is the pyramid right of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020


Date of Climb:  October 21, 2020

Stone Hills HP is the highest of two ranked summits in the Stone Hills. The Stone Hills are a small group of rock-and-juniper hills that are located at the tail end of the Sublett Range southwest of Holbrook, ID. Stone Hills HP is most easily accessed via BLM-644 and BLM-180. Combine Stone Hills HP with a climb of nearby Peak 5550 for a more complete adventure. Stone Hills HP is much rockier than its neighbor. USGS The Cove

Access

Same as for Peak 5550. This is the second leg of a 2-peak adventure that begins along the Black Pine-Stone Road/BLM-604.

Northwest Face, Class 2

The Climb

From the 5,170-foot connecting saddle with Peak 5550, leave BLM-604 and do a leftward diagonal ascent southeast to intercept an obvious gully that leads up to the north ridge of Stone Hills HP at a saddle just north of the summit. Bushwhack through scrub and then a somewhat-tedious juniper forest to reach the dry gully. Cross the gully and climb straight up the STEEP northwest face in thick junipers and loose underlying gravel. Reach the semi-open north ridge just below the narrow ridge-crest summit area. There was a small cairn on the summit high point so I built it up quite a bit.

Stone Hills HP (summit is in dead center) as viewed from high on the southeast ridge of Peak 5550 to its northwest. Livingston Douglas Photo

Stone Hills HP (summit is in dead center) as viewed from high on the southeast ridge of Peak 5550 to its northwest. Livingston Douglas Photo

The thickly-forested ridgeline summit of Stone Hills HP with the summit cairn in the foreground. Livingston Douglas Photo

North Ridge/West Gully, Class 2

The Descent

From the summit, descend the juniper-clogged north ridge to a saddle. Leave the ridge and bushwhack west down a dry gully to reach open scrub and BLM-180. This gully is narrow, rocky, and somewhat steep. And, of course, it has scattered junipers to contend with as well. You will be happy to be back on a road. Follow BLM-180 right/north to a [signed] junction. Go left/northwest onto BLM-644 and follow it back to the junction with BLM-602. Go right/northeast onto BLM-602 and follow it 0.2 miles to your parked vehicle at the Black Pine-Stone Road.

 

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Sublett Range

Longitude: -112.77959   Latitude: 42.00569

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