FISH VALLEY PEAK (10,571') AND ANTELOPE PEAK (10,241') CLASS 2
Location: 9-11 miles NNE of Sonora Pass
Drive: Take U.S. 395 to Mill Canyon Road, which is 2.2 miles south of Coleville's Hammerbacher Store and turn right (west). Proceed on the main road and in 0.2 mile, come to a fork. The pavement ends here. Go right, following the sign to "Little Antelope Pack Station" about 6 miles to a junction where the road tops out. Turn left on a spur road marked "Driveway Trail No. 1020" and drive carefully 0.5 mile to primitive parking.
Climb: Take the trail up into Carson-Iceberg Wilderness past the boundary sign, then down slightly to a large, flat area near a large cairn. Go to a junction and turn left on the signed "Corral Valley Tr." Descend into Corral Valley. Cross a creek and leave the trail here. Travel from here will be all cross-country until returning to Upper Fish Valley. Head left around a meadow and then up through forested slopes bearing southeast to the summit of Antelope Peak, passing a few false summits enroute.
To continue to Fish Valley Peak, descend on the opposite (south) side of Antelope Peak down the right (west) side of the very brushy, long, rocky ridge connecting the two peaks. Work down through low brush, if a good route is chosen, to a low point about 200-400 feet below and west of the main ridgeline. Continue up the northern, forested slopes of Fish Valley Peak. The terrain is moderately steep, and very rocky. Top out on the open summit.
To take the quickest way back to the trailhead, descend from the summit northwest over sometimes open, then forested and brushy slopes to Upper Fish Valley. Take the trail on the right (east) side of the meadow. Head right (north). You will pass the Llewelyn Falls trail (a short, worthwhile side trip), Lower Fish Valley, and Long Valley to a junction with a trail back to Rodriguez Flat (the original trailhead). Just before crossing Silver King Creek, take a use trail right (east) that contours around a hill to intersect the trail leading back up the hill to the trailhead. This avoids having to cross Silver King Creek twice! This trail climbs, after about 1,000 feet gain, to the junction near the large cairn, where the ascent route turned off for Corral Valley. Return to the parking on the same trail.
WINTER SKI ASCENT: The Route A approach will be the way to go, with possibly considerable walking to reach the snowline.
TRIP STATS: Route A, 4,900 feet gain, 16 miles round trip; winter ski ascent, an extra 2,000 feet gain, 6 miles extra one way.