Ascent of Fish Scale Peak on 2016-03-20

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Sunday, March 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fish Scale Peak
    Elevation:8220 ft / 2505 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fishbone Traverse!
Or so I will call it. We followed Eric Willhites (summitpost) route and completed the traverse to Fishhead (8354) and Fishscale (8220) to the south along the main ridgeline (also tagged Little Fish (6559) on the way up and recommend it for the views of the main objective). Fishhead in many ways is the most impressive peak in the range, so many cliff layers. The views from George are the best though as they take in the best Fish springs and salt flat views I have had on any peak. Clear day, we could see from the Raft Rivers near Idaho to the Tushars near Beaver, plus great Ibapah, Moriah and Wheeler angles to the Wasatch and Pilot peak. Pretty much half of Utah from this isolated gem. We descended the route from the saddle between Fishhead and Fishscale and found it much more pleasant than the route up George even though there were a couple dryfalls to negotiate that were reminiscent of the southern Utah desert. Someon should go for the full traverse to Fishtail (8080) and bag all the peaks above 8000 ft in one go. It would be long, but very doable and even though you would have to retrace a bit to get back the the main canyon the descent from that southern side looks to be the quickest and least hasslesome. Really fun area!
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