ABOUT TOWN: Located at the Summit of Chase Pass at an elevation of 4,562 feet, Peak is the smallest incorporated community in Chane County. The community has very little modern luxuries. Cabins can be rented in town and are often used by people wanting to hike or do cross country skiing. Electricity is not supplied in most of the rentable cabins and have to be set up with a generator. A small gas station and convenience store share the same building and right next door is a volunteer fire station. The ranger station is across the street from the two, and this makes up the bulk of the community. Homes are hidden within the thick forest. There is no schools, and no children living in the community as of the last census. The nearest medical center is located either 42 miles west to Surprise Valley or 40 miles east to Lawson. Police services are provided by the Chane County Sheriff's Office which come from Connelly or Chaneville. Chase is the most used pass to get through the lower Chase Mountains. There is a small church located along the highway, and services are held every two weeks among the town locals. It also serves as a meeting house and is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm.
Winters are harsh and often white out conditions blanket the area. It is a mountain climate. Road crews do their best during the winter to keep the pass open all year long.
LOCATION: Peak is located at the summit of Chase Pass which runs through the Chase Mountains. It is at an elevation of 4,652 feet, which is the highest road point of Chase Pass. It is centered almost exactly 40 miles away from Surprise Valley to the west and Lawson to the east.
HISTORY: The town formed in the 1880's with railway construction through the Chase Mountains. It was a base camp for all the workers. The town was not officially incorporated until 1922. Life after the railway construction jobs left have made the community stay small and quiet. Harsh winters have sometimes threatened the town, and railway crew still often make their base at the community to reach harder to get areas of the railway. The latest known date was the winter of 2008, when a snow slide blocked the rail line for nearly a week.
ATTRACTIONS: Cabins can be rented for life out in nature. A small campground is located east of the town, and a bigger one is located 7 miles west of town. Snow is common, so snow shoeing and skiing is popular in the area, even though no formal ski resort has been made. A 5 mile hike off of mile marker 48 East will bring hikers to Wilmalta Falls, which drops 65 feet into the Wilmalta River.
(A completely clear day is rare in Peak, and fog is a very common occurrence for the area.)
(Rain is everyday life in Peak.)
(Chase Pass runs through the town of Peak. It is the only "significant" community for nearly an 80 miles stretch of road.)
Peak, Everson State (AJM SC4)
(Peak's "downtown" is a gas station and store, next to their fire house and across from the ranger station. It is the only has station for 60 miles.)