Black Mountain 8796 by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 8,796 ft
Prominence: 963

Black Mountain, northeast face. Steve Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018

Black Mountain is located in the Big Hole Mountains, north of Highway 31 as you head toward Victor, Idaho. We climbed Black Mountain on an overnight trip where we also climbed Peak 7987, Chicken Peak, Liars Peak, Piney Peak, and Peak 8619. All these peaks are accessible off a well-traveled trail out of Fleming Canyon that is also popular for guided hunting and dirt bikes. There are no water sources along or near the trail except one small spring that was not flowing when we were there in late September.

Black Mountain, Steve Mandella photo

Black Mountain, Southeast Ridge route, Steve Mandella photo


To get to the Southeast Ridge approach for Black Mountain, first get to Fleming Canyon. As you travel toward Victor, Idaho, on Highway 31, the canyon is located on the north side of the highway. Specifically, the canyon is between Stouts Mountain and the West Piney Girls Recreation Camp. The canyon turnoff is not signed and easily missed. Putting Fleming Canyon into Google Maps will get you close to the canyon’s jeep road (shown in Google [erroneously] as 270, this trail is actually 079).

Trail signage. Steve Mandella photo.

Trail signage. Steve Mandella photo.

If you have a 4WD, you can travel a good distance into the canyon, but you may need a high clearance 4WD depending on conditions/time of year. There is no formal parking anywhere. To climb Black Mountain, you will follow this jeep road until it turns into a single track trail so park wherever it is convenient. We parked near Gopher Canyon, but you can possibly get further in, near Snowslide Gulch.

Southeast Ridge Route, Class 2

From where you park, hike on Trail 079 further into Fleming Canyon until you encounter a junction with the Dry Canyon trail. Stay to the right to stay on Trail 079. As you continue upward on the trail you will encounter signage. At this point, follow the sign to continue to Black Mountain.

As you reach the summit area of Peak 7987, you will get a good view of Black Mountain’s southeast ridge. You will also see the main trail as it continues to traverse the east side of Black Mountain. You will have to bushwhack off of the main trail to obtain the peak’s Southeast Ridge. You will want to move off the trail to the Southeast Ridge not long after your descent of Peak 7978 because the east side of Black Mountain only gets steeper as you continue on the main trail. Once you are on the ridge, continue on it to reach the nondescript summit. Enjoy big views of numerous Big Hole peaks and the Teton Mountain Range from this summit!

USGS Topo: Stouts Mountain

Summit cairn of Black Mountain. Steve Mandella photo.

Summit cairn of Black Mountain, looking along the peak’s western ridge. Steve Mandella photo.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Big Hole and Snake River Mountains

Longitude: -111.36939   Latitude: 43.59401

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