Elevation Hain : 3700'
Distance: 7.1 miles
Time: 7 hours
Rearing Stallion Peak is overshadowed by taller peaks but has been on my to-do list for a while. After attempting Mt. Regan and Mt. Cramer and coming up short both times within the past week (wound up on Payette Peakthe day before), I decided to head to Wildhorse Canyon.
I was on my feet by 6:30 but really did not get started until 7:00 after several stream crossings and veering off course. Eventually I got myself back on track and bushwhacked my way to the top of the ridge. The deadfall slowed me down quite a bit. After a slight downhill section, I stayed south of the creek and followed the creek to a nice lake around 9100'. Rearing Stallion Peak came into view and after taking a look at the west ridge, I thought to myself "how the heck am I going to get up this thing ?" as the west ridge looked nearly vertical. Despite doubting if I would reach the summit, I continued on and scrambled up a short cliff band section south of waterfall to reach the upper cirque. Once at the upper cique, I walked through a snowfield east of a tarn before boulder hopping to the west ridge. This ridge looked better than my first glimpse from the first lake but was still challenging. A little over halfway up the ridge, I reached the crux which involved one class 3/4 move that was exposed. After that the terrain was class 3 to the summit. The views of Hyndman, Cobb, Goat, Abel, Big Basin, and Brocky Peaks were spectacular. On the descent I avoided the exposed section by climbing a short but much less exposed class 4 wall. After that I slowly made my way to the saddle. The only other tricky section was the descent from the upper cirque to the lower cirque. I found a slightly easier route on the way down. Once back at the treeline, I veered south to avoid the bushwhack that I had on the ascent and for the most part it worked. Although the stream was fast and high, there were plenty of logs and beaver dams to pick from. The trail stays on the east side of Wildhorse Creek and I am glad no one built a trail in the basin below Goat Mountain and Rearing Stallion Peak to keep the crowds away.
I highly recommend Rearing Stallion Peak for those comfortable with class 4 terrain. This little drainage is one of my favorites in the Pioneers. The scramble is also my one of my favorites too.
|Reariing Stallion Peak|
|View of the ridge|
|Hyndman, Omd Hydman, and Cobb|
|Waterfall between the two cirques|
|Rearing Stallion Peak from the upper cirque|