Scurried up from the lakes between thunderstorms. My friend stayed back and observed the sights/sounds of nature, namely a man who removed his pants to wade into the lake for some fly casting, but kept his very large sidearm holstered and at the ready. You never know what lurks under the surface...
Made it to within 2.1 miles of the actual TH the afternoon before but pounding rain and thunderstorms made me hold off until dawn the next day. Dawn brought heavy rain so I waited until it passed, then bounced out of my car and scampered up the road, which was mostly obscured by cloud. At the saddle I soon blundered onto use trails and meandered my way up the peak. Two and a half hours to the top, but my way was hardly direct. It was so foggy I rarely saw more than 150 feet in any direction. I declined to climb Independence because the weather was cruddy and sure enough, an hour after I left the summit a thunderstorm came roaring through, complete with rain and graupel. The most adventurous part was descending the now muddy roads in my poor Honda Civic Hybrid. I did some wild driving on the way out.
fun route finding from the lakes
I was nursing an injury but desperately in need of some time outside. Thus I took a quick 2 days to hit the relatively easy Canyon, Owyhee, Cassia, and Box Elder (UT) county high points. This short hike would be my longest this trip as I did not want to overdo it on my healing injury.
I generally agree with Eric Noel about the road; however, I would say pretty much any vehicle can get all the way up to the last two miles. After that you will definitely need high clearance. As is often the case, those last two miles are the roughest. (It would only add 4 miles RT to walk from the start of this road.). I drove up from Burley, and the sun rose just as I turned off the highway. Between City of Rocks and the start of the rough road, I encountered three pickups and one ATV, all hunters.
A few patches lingered from snowfall earlier in October; fresh boot prints indicated someone had been up here in the past week. Otherwise I had not seen anyone for miles before the trailhead.
I departed the trail at the saddle. From here I found following existing use paths to be easy. I saw three — but no more than three — cairns. No bushwhacking or scrambling is necessary. Toward the summit a few trees also have blue ribbons tied to them; I assume for the purpose of guiding folks rather than forest management. After departing the trail, I may have come across some faint boot tracks in the snow, but I cannot be certain. The little plastic container indicated the last visitor prior to me was exactly three weeks prior. So it seems likely the boot tracks left on the trail were from someone who did not head to Cache Peak, unless it was someone like me who rarely signs registers.
The summit views were exceptional.
On my descent, shortly below the summit I came across the path more traveled by, which was even easier to follow. Curiously it was not marked with any cairns. But it did deposit me on the trail just below the saddle, which cut a little distance on the descent.
Round-trip took 3:05, including 20 minutes at the summit. You can probably do it faster as I was hobbled by a bum ankle.
Parked on the east side and made my way up the east ridge from FR708. Found the remnants of some old cabin on the saddle before hitting the burn scar. Ended up being close to 6 miles and 4500 feet of climbing. If you want to make things tough this is the way to go
I got a late start, made later by helping someone change a tire that got shredded on FR562, and started by hiking up to Graham Peak on FR707 (I don't think it has a SummitPost page?), then followed the ridge over to Stine's Peak which was a really fun cross-county trek, fantastic views of Castle Rocks and City of Rocks. Shot down the north side of Stine's into a fun bushwhack, met up with FT7014, followed that east until it faded, then bushwhacked north down down down over Almo Creek and up towards Cache Peak. Should have grabbed more water there. Found a very faded FT7012, realized I was licked (both on time and short on water), and followed that NW to FR562 and road-walked FR562 back to my car. 9.5 hour day. So many wildflowers and gorgeous views. Found a spring along FR7012 to get some more water, thankfully. Camped at City of Rocks up at site #63, amazing spot.
My Subaru Outback was fine starting from City of Rocks on FR562 up to FR707, and with care I could probably get within a couple of miles of the end; after that you definitely need high clearance. I plan to go back with a mountain bike to skip repeating that part of the road walk and then hike the trail to the summit.
While walking back on FR562 I had several confrontations with bulls standing their ground and snorting at me, where I had to hike wide around or wait a while for them to move. There are cattle all over the place up there.
Great peak. City of Rocks is awesome. The last 2 miles of NF 562 is high clearance. We also met a range bull who was reluctant to give us the road. Some of the ridge walk to Cache was an annoying mix of boulders and branches.
Standard route. Nice trail, upper route was a bit slow.
Nice hike from the west side, great views, just a little postholing. Continued to Independence after Cache. Trip Report
Super nice ski - great views! Too bad about fire, wondering when that happened. How did it start?
While I didn't get a chance to summit, I was all over this mountain for a couple of weeks during the Grape Creek Fire. Perhaps, I will come back to finish off the summit before fire season is over... or the next time I climb at the city.
There was bad weather for weeks in WA so Heather and I drove through OR, CA, NV, UT, and ID. We climbed 37 peaks in 19 days. We did Black Pine Mountains HP, Black Pine Peak and Cache Peak all in the same day. trip report
Much more accessible than I thought. Did Cache and Independence from the West in under 4 hours. Great view!
Hiked up during a snowstorm. Didn't get to enjoy the views, but still a fun hike. City of Rocks was awesome.
Enjoyable hike, approached via the Southwest Route. Went up Mount Independence first and then on to Cache Peak.
Some very nice views of the City of Rocks and Castle Rock Park. Beautiful fall colors also.
Not a bad day in the hills!
Up through the lakes basin, great weather minimal snow. Did this one after working a full day, then driving all night down from Tri-Cities.
Hiked this summit with Jennifer Knezek, Liz and Tyson Taylor, and Grant Gilbert in a couple of hours also did Independence Peak on the same trip. Fun, fun, fun!
I have proof you did a couple months later with a couple friends...One of the stronger climbers I know. :-)