Elevation: 7,993 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2022
Wells Mountain is a ridge hump (with a USGS benchmark) that is located on the long south ridge of Elk Ridge (8,551 feet) in the Soldier Mountains. It sits above Wells Summit and is an easy scramble from the roadside pullout there. It is typically climbed in combination with Elk Ridge. USGS Phillips Creek
From Wells Summit (7,070 feet). See Page 215 of the book for access information.
Southeast Ridge, Class 1
From Wells Summit, follow a fence row (with remnants of a 2-track near it) up the east spur then the southeast ridge of Wells Mountain to the summit. The Wells Benchmark is still there. There is no summit cairn.
West Ridge, Class 1
The Descent (then Ascent)
From the summit, descend the ridge crest west then north to a ridge saddle at 7,740 feet. There is a use trail on the ridge to assist you in this short journey. This saddle is at the base of the west ridge and concludes this leg of today’s 2-peak adventure. Elk Ridge (8,551 feet) is up next.