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Stevens BM (UT)

 
Stevens BM (UT)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.06020°N / 111.9976°W

Object Title: Stevens BM (UT)

County: San Pete

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8436 ft / 2571 m

 

Page By: Dean

Created/Edited: Mar 9, 2009 / Jun 9, 2011

Object ID: 496426

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Stevens BM
 

Overview

This is a peak that almost no one (even in Utah) has ever heard of. I found it because I've been having fun climbing and hiking the Utah prominence peaks that are found on this list (click here), created and supported by John Kirk, on his 'List of Johns' which is an incredible resource. Few people climb it, let alone find it as there is nothing that would draw your attention to the peak from the road. I almost decided not to put this up on Summitpost as it would not be a peak that many would find interesting but then a friend suggested that it would be helpful to fellow prominence peakbaggers so here it is, the peak that ranks #71 out of the top 100 Utah prominence peaks (prominence of 2176'). Another good resource is here. Stevens BM is also the highest point in the Valley Mountain range. If you've never heard of the Valley Mountain range, you are not alone.

Stevens Peak (referred to as Stevens BM on the topos) is a peak without a trail. Yet, on a nearby lesser summit, a small communications tower stands
which is most likely serviced by helicopter. I can say this with strong
assurance since a helicopter was there the day we climbed (or hiked) to Stevens BM. Much of the fun is finding your way to the summit and trying to
determine by map and visual reference, what route would work the best. I should also point out that this peak is the high point for the mountain range known as the Valley Mountains. Again, relatively unknown but hopefully this page will put a bit of a spotlight on this area.

I climbed this peak with fellow SP member, gjagiels and due to the arid desert like qualities of this non alpine area, hot days in the summer should be avoided.At least carry plenty of water as there is none to be found once the snow is gone.

Getting There

 
Stevens BM
 

Take I-15 to Scipio and take the exit for highway 50, heading towards Salina.
Go through the little town of Scipio and follow the nice two lane highway a
good 15 miles or so. The GPS waypoint (on map below) reading will get you to the gate that heads to an old abandoned gravel pitwhich is a good place to park. You pass the road that leads to Maple Grove Campground, and the turn off (to the left) is just beyond the that Maple Grove road. Look for MP 146, it is also, not far from the road to the left. . If you are coming from the south on US 50, find that MP 147 is your clue to slow down for the access road and the gate you need will be on the right side of the road. The gate is silver in color. Please close the gate after you enter and just stay on the track goes directly east to the gravel pit. On the map, you can see that it is the more southerly of two gravel pits that are shown. From where you park your vehicle, it is all cross country from there. More will be covered on a route page.
 
Looking back down
 

Other routes up are probable from the eastern side but at this time, I can
not comment on them since our experience was based on the southwest ridge route.

Andy Martin has chimed in with a different route from the north which I will share below:
" Also, we found a hiking route in from the north
that is probably easier than the Summitpost
route starting from the gravel pit by route 50.

Our route:

Leave Japs Valley Road at
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=39.13019,-111.98759&z=15&t=T
Park at http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=39.08640,-112.00364&z=15&t=T
The last 1/2 mile is on a faint road, but the Honda
made it. You can not drive to the south end of Little Long
Valley due to locked gates, and residences.

Hike SW and gain the ridge top with spot elevation 7401.
Follow this ridge south, then east. Contour around
the west side of hill 8041 at an elevation
of about 7900'

An ATV trail is picked up at this saddle:
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=39.06571,-112.00265&z=15&t=T
Follow the trail a few hundred feet south, until
it levels off. At this point a steep trail is picked up
that leads to the ridge extending NW
from the west summit area. Climb this west
summit, which has a small wind powered repeater,
and then head east to the BM summit."


Red Tape

None that I am aware of. I believe that the land is BLM land.
BLM lands in Utah

BLM Main Office
150 E. 900 N.
Richfield UT 84701
Phone: 435-896-8221
 
Looking east
 

Camping

Car camping is generally ok on BLM land but a much better solution is the
Forest Service campground that is nearby:

CAMPGROUND NAME: Maple Grove
RANGER DISTRICT: Fillmore
RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
In Scipio, UT, take US Rt. 50 east 14.8 miles to Maple Grove
campground sign. Turn right at sign and go 3.7 miles on an
unnamed road to campground.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 6,400 ft.

The campground, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in
1938 by Company 479, is composed of 4 loops. One unnamed loop is
devoted to single-family campers while the remaining 3 loops (A,
B, and C) are for group camping. These group loops may be used
by single-family campers if they are not reserved; the single fee
is charged and the group sites are included in the Campground
Site Configuration below. Ivie Creek runs through the campground
providing a lush riparian, oasis-like environment. The
understory is grass and the overstory is made up of cottonwoods,
maple, Box-elder, and oak trees. Because of young deciduous
trees forming a middlestory and shrubs such as wild roses,
privacy between camp sites is excellent. This very attractive
campground backs up onto towering red cliffs with views from some
camp sites enjoying a panoramic view of a valley and distant
mountains. Some of the camp sites are adjacent to Ivie Creek.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: N
Seasonal Comment:
Open May 15 through September 15.
RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED (as of 2007)
Rate: $10 per day
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14
CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 27
Group Tent Sites: Yes

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
Group RV Sites: Yes
# of RV Pull Throughs: 2
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 16' X 40'
Comments:
The parking aprons are paved. 
Stevens BM register
 

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes
# of Water Spigots (non-site): 9

Weather

Routes

Southwest Ridge: It is about 2 1/2 miles to the summit (5 miles RT) with an elevation gain of over 2000 feet. Including the ups and downs you can add a couple hundred feet more to the elevation gain total. From the gravel pit area, head NE towards the obvious southwest ridge. Find the easiest way up once you pass the first washyou drop into and most of the way is class two although in a place or two you might want to use your hands as you scramble up some easy rock faces. Continue northeast and use the attached map to guide you. It is helpful to have a summit GPS waypoint already on your GPS and since there is no trail, you can just use common sense as to the best way to the summit.

 
It had seen better days
 

 
Structure on adjacent peak
 


Andy Martins route from the north:
Leave Japs Valley Road at
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=39.13019,-111.98759&z=15&t=T
Park at http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=39.08640,-112.00364&z=15&t=T
The last 1/2 mile is on a faint road, but the Honda
made it. You can not drive to the south end of Little Long
Valley due to locked gates, and residences.

Hike SW and gain the ridge top with spot elevation 7401.
Follow this ridge south, then east. Contour around
the west side of hill 8041 at an elevation
of about 7900'

An ATV trail is picked up at this saddle:
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=39.06571,-112.00265&z=15&t=T
Follow the trail a few hundred feet south, until
it levels off. At this point a steep trail is picked up
that leads to the ridge extending NW
from the west summit area. Climb this west
summit, which has a small wind powered repeater,
and then head east to the BM summit.

The summit area

The summit itself is a rounded area with a large boulder on the southwestern perimeter. That boulder is the highest spot and can easily be climbed or touched by your hand. A reference benchmark is found on it s top and that reference will point toward the main benchmark which is surrounded by a circle of rocks. A glass container was within the circle and contained a rudimentary type of register. 
Stevens BM Benchmark
 

 
Greg
At the summit

 
The highest point
 

Maps

 
Topo map
 
The current map displayed is best seen at its highest resolution. Below are two links that will help orient you to the area. You can move the map around and increase or decrease to provide a better overall view.

Road area
The road to the quarry is shown on the right side of the highway. Note the road that goes off to the right (to flowing wells) just before the quarry road.

Another topo of Stevens that you can use as mentioned above.

Google area map


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Winter ascent

SP member Eric Willhite and a friend of his made an interesting effort to top out on Stevens BM in the early part of January 2010. Read more about this effort HERE.

Links

Fishlake National Forest

Map of Fishlake National Forest


 
Looking north
Looking north


Disclaimer

The above information is provided only as a courtesy. You accept all risk and responsibility for your activities in this area and I recommend that you let others know of your plans and where you will be hiking/climbing prior to heading to this area. Exercise good judgement and avoid the area if electrical storms are present.

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