There are not many trip reports for this peak/climb. List of John was the only source of information for us. We changed the approach and used Cow Creek trail, mostly because the trail is scenic and we wanted to avoid crossing Soap Creek higher up (June 2019 had an extremely high water run off from melting snow and crossing appeared dangerous).
1st documented ascent: 2016, read TR here
Peak 9380 is part of the Little Soap Park Quad for those who like to complete quadrangles.
Parent Lineage: Line Parent: Bonfisk Peak Proximate Parent: Soap Mesa
Colorado Rank: 2686
The goal is to reach Soap Creek Campground (there is a parking lot just at the entry to the campground for trail users). From US highway 50, turn onto Colorado Highway 92, and cross the Blue Mesa Reservoir dam. Travel 1 mile to County Road 721and drive 8 miles to well marked turn off for Soap Creek Campground.
If road 721 is open, you can skip the campground and continue up the road for another 2 miles. I have not explored this approach since the road was closed.
Gear: 2 yellow #2 camalots, 2 blue #3 camalots, and 1 #4 grey Camelot. Long runners. One 60 meter rope barely made it on rappel, consider 70 meters. Personal climbing gear. A helmet is a must on this one. Bring replacing material for slings.
The climb is only one pitch, technically not that hard, but very loose. We chose a slightly different route than described in first TR. Although the route is very loose and the rock is rotten, there is protection! There was a summit register on the summit.
The top looks like 2 separate summits with a boulder in between these two summits. The boulder has slings around and rappel ring. Slings should be replaced (one looked like a utility cord). Pay attention on rappel since you will use all your rope with 60 meter rope and down climb the loose 4th class gully from there.
Peak is located in the West Elk Wilderness Area, so wilderness area rules apply. West Elk Wilderness is the fifth largest in Colorado. This wilderness is a large untamed area with little visitation. Past volcanic activity has produced long lava flows in the area. Ridges have been crumbled and carved by wind and water into fantastic turrets, pinnacles and castle like formations.
Group size is limited to no more than 15 people.
Camping is prohibited within 300 feet of Sheep Lake and within 100 feet of any lake, stream, or trail.
Campfires are prohibited at the following locations: 1. within 100 feet of any lake, stream, or trail
2. above treelike
3. within 300 feet of Sheep Lake
Dogs must be under direct verbal control or leashed at all times.
Do not cut switchbacks.
The best time is spring, but watch out for high waters. Soap Creek is pretty large, if you use Cow's creek trail, there is a bridge across. If you use the road, find logs to cross over.
Summer can be hot. Fall would be a great time for climbing this peak too.
There is a nice campground at the start of the Cow Creek Trail - Soap Creek Campground. The charge is 12$ per night and you get a campsite with tables and fire pit. For more information about this campground, click here.
Another close by established campground would be Ponderosa Campground located at the northwest end of the Soap Creek arm of Blue Mesa Reservoir. Information here.
There are also a few spots along the road with primitive camping and no fees.