Peak 6472 by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 6,472 ft
Prominence: 332

Peak 6472. Photo - Steve Mandella.

This peak is not in the book. Click on the photos to see a larger image.


Peak 6472 is located south of the city of Pocatello and approximately 1 mile, at most, from Slate Mountain. The peak lies in the Bannock Mountain Range, within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Like a number of Bannock Range peaks, there are several routes that can be taken to the top. Our route approached the summit from the north and was 4.8 miles round-trip. If that is not enough climbing/hiking for you, connect this peak with its neighbor, Slate Mountain, or pair Peak 6472 with Peak 7060, which is just a little further south off of Bannock Highway.

North Approach – Class 2

Junction of West Fork Mink Creek and Forest Service Trail #45. Photo - Steve Mandella.

Junction of West Fork Mink Creek and Forest Service Trail #45. Photo – Steve Mandella.

From Pocatello, take Bannock Highway south to the West Fork Mink Creek parking lot/West Fork Mink Creek trail head. Begin your hike on this well-marked, well-used and very popular trail.

Continue heading along this trail as it travels to the northwest until you reach a junction with Forest Service trail #45 and take this trail. Ascend trail #45 and until you reach a saddle, or go off-trail early, as we did, and aim for the summit ridge.

Peak 6472 Ridgeline. Photo - Steve Mandella.

Peak 6472 Ridgeline. Photo – Steve Mandella.

 

If you are lucky, you may see a moose or two on your way to the summit. The West Fork Mink Creek and Gibson Jack areas are excellent habitat for moose, deer and elk. We saw moose and a large group of female deer and a buck on the flank of Slate Mountain.

Moose and calf near the summit of Peak 6472. Photo - Steve Mandella.

Moose and calf near the summit of Peak 6472. Photo – Steve Mandella.

 

Hike along the gentle ridge until you reach the summit cairn and enjoy views of peaks in the Bannock and Portneuf mountain ranges.

Summit Peak 6472. Photo - Steve Mandella.

Summit Peak 6472. Photo – Steve Mandella.

 

 

 

As the GPS track shows (below), we took the south ridge all the way back down. This required us to pass through a thick riparian area on a steep, loose-ish slope and then find a way to cross West Fork Mink Creek. A better option might have been to hike off the ridge to the east, before reaching the riparian area, and descending to the highway. Either way, it is a short hike back to the parking lot from either location.

Peak 6472. GPS Track - Steve Mandella.

Peak 6472. GPS Track – Steve Mandella.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Bannock Range

Longitude: -112.42739   Latitude: 42.73759

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