Description

Ambush Peak rises out the East Fork Valley as a jagged, distinct peak on the skyline. Undoubtedly eye-catching, it has attracted climbers for over 50 years and was renamed "Ambush" by Fred Beckey after an early ascent in the 60's. 800 feet of slabby granite apron rears back to another 800 feet of steep corners, roofs, and complex terrain leading to a summit. As is often the case in the glacially-carved Winds, the east side of the peak is steep and intimidating, while the backside of the peak is an easy walk-off to the south. The history of ascents on the East Face of Ambush is obscure and mysterious; climbers who venture here value the adventure and you often will think you're climbing a first ascent until you stumble upon an old rusty piton, or a classic "Banditos" homemade bolt hanger. Whether documented or not, most lines on the peak have been climbed, but that won't impact your experiences as fixed anchors are rare. Go out and climb it. It's worth the walk.

Getting There

The shortest approach is from the Big Sandy TH. Begin by taking the Big Sandy trail until you see signs for Dad's Lake (alternatively start at the Stock TH and follow trail to Dad's Lake which saves a half mile). Take a left on the trail junction from the Big Sandy Trail and hike to Dad's Lake, then Marm's Lake, then cross Washakie Creek and follow the trail to Pyramid Lake. From here you can follow a social trail around the backside of Midsummer's Dome and then descend into the East Fork. You'll know Ambush when you see it.

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