Western Ridge Deep Creek PeakI had been out hiking for a week around Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming when I set my sites on Deep Creek Peak. I drove by here last year, but the entire mountain range was under attack from a vicious thunderstorm. Now it was my time to hike this pretty mountain on a clear beautiful day.
On August 24, 2006 I climbed Bonneville Peak in Bannock County and then Blackfoot Benchmark in Bingham County. I hiked Blackfoot with SPer Dean and 2 of his friends Dave and Keith. We finished in the early evening and then drove back to Pocatello as it was getting dark. I said my goodbye’s to everyone and headed off alone to Power County and Deep Creek Peak.
Fortunately, it only took about an hour to get from Pocatello to the trailhead, because I was tired from a full day of hiking. I drove up the access rode off of State Route 37 on a good gravel road and found a wide spot on the road at the trailhead to car camp for the night. Elevation of the trailhead is about 7,350 ft.
I slept well and awoke just as it was getting light. I prepared my gear, dressed, and ate breakfast. I oriented myself with my GPS and maps and headed out on the trail. The trail started as an old jeep road for a few hundred yards up to the top of the first hill. From the top of the hill I could see Deep Creek Peak in the distance along with the route along the ridge to the peak.
The route descends almost 200 ft and then follows the ridgeline up and down about 10 small hills as it progresses towards Deep Creek Peak. The route didn’t look too difficult following these small rounded hills along the ridgeline, so I continued on my morning hike to the summit.
The route is easy to follow and not very strenuous or steep. There is a climber’s trail or some well used cow paths to follow. In the saddles between the little hills there is a little brush, but the cows had made some nice paths. Over the hills there is some short brush but it is easy to make you way through this because it is only about 1 ft tall.
After the first mile or so, the taller brush let up and it wasn’t a problem all the way to the summit. I saw a few cows near the route and one lonesome deer moved out of my way. It was a beautiful morning for a hike. I continued along and in about 1 ¾ hours I was at the summit. There is a benchmark on the summit with “Knox” on the marker.
The elevation gain from the trailhead is only about 1,400 ft, but there is about another 400 ft of ups and downs on the intervening hills. Since you have to gain this 400 ft both ascending and descending Deep Creek, I figure the total gain for the round trip hike was close to 2,200 ft. Total round trip mileage is about 5.3 miles.
I didn’t stay too long on Deep Creek because I wanted to go over to the next county, Cassia County, and climb its highpoint, Cache Peak.