Elevation: 7,547 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018
Arco Peak lies north of the town of Arco, Idaho. The historic graffitied lower section of the peak is what people think about when Arco Peak is mentioned, however, the true summit is 1,000 feet higher to the north. We climbed this peak October 2017.
Arco Peak lies on public land, surrounded on three sides by private land. Even though there are multiple ways to climb it, your ability to access the peak will be determined by your vehicle type and conditions. You will need a 4WD to get close to the peak, and there are a number of unmarked dirt roads around the peak. We were able to access one off of Arco Pass Road (a main county road). We continued to a point close to the peak where we parked at an unofficial pull off.
South/Southeast Ridges Route, Class 2
There are obvious 4WD, motorcycle, hiking trails all around Arco Peak. From our parking spot, we chose to ascend directly to the ridge, staying up high where we could see our climbing options. We noticed on the way that we could have stayed in the gully longer and then climbed to the ridge. On a hot day, the gully might be the better approach. We took the gully on our way down.
Trip Stats: 7.4 miles and 1,791 feet gained.
USGS Topo: Arco North
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