Elevation: 7,060 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Peak 7060 is located south of the city of Pocatello and approximately 2.5 miles due south of Rock Knoll in the Bannock Mountain Range, which is within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The peak lies in Bannock County although its western base touches the Power County line.
The Forest Service, Westside Ranger District, road takes you within 2 miles of the peak, and the entire hike is approximately 3.7 miles round-trip. The peak is not very prominent, so study your map/route carefully.
Because this is a short, easy climb, we paired this peak with Peak 8037 and made it out before dark. A closer second peak option would be Peak 6472, which is just off of Bannock Highway and reached by the West Fork Mink Creek trail.
Peak 7060 was not view-able from Bannock Highway, but it may be from Arbon Valley. We will try to get a photo from that aspect in the future.
Northeast Route – Class 2
We climbed this peak in early November (before the road was seasonally closed) and found it well-driven but very rutted in places, which made our high-clearance, 4-wheel drive a necessity.
From Bannock Highway, turn north on Forest Service (FS) Road #006. The Westside Ranger District indicates this road is “suitable for high-clearance vehicles.” Take FS-006 to where it ends at a small parking area. Begin your hike on Forest Service trail #044.
You will hike down a short hill, and at the base of the hill, head off-trail to enter a meadow area. Look for Peak 7060 to the southwest.
Most of the hike can be done on an existing trail until it disappears. Continue off-trail and head toward the peak. A short climb will bring you to the summit area. This area is relativity large and flat, and even with a GPS the “highest point” was difficult to locate. There is no summit marker, but this pile of rocks sufficed for our summit photo.
Enjoy views of the Portneuf, Bannock, and Deep Creek range peaks, Arbon Valley, American Falls reservoir and the Snake River Plain from the summit.
This peak may be a good summit option for younger kids who like to hike. First, there’s the 4-wheel drive travel adventure to get to the trail head. Then, when you reach the meadow area, you can teach compass/GPS navigation skills to identify the peak. The faint trail that is there most of the way is relatively flat until you reach the base of the peak, and then the climb to the summit is short. The summit area has great views and is the perfect spot for a picnic.
This peak lies within a motorized use area, but most users will be on the north side of the meadows. Even so, for a more “wilderness-like” experience for your kids, head out early on a weekday morning. There is little to no shade on the peak, and there is no available water on the hike. For kids, it is probably best climbed in early summer, once the area snow melts, or it would be particularly beautiful in the fall when the aspens are in full color.
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