Elevation: 7,166 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published January 2023
China Hat is the larger/higher of two pyramidal humps that are located just below the south end of Blackfoot Reservoir. Its little brother is called China Cap (6,716 feet). Well, I guess that fits. Both China Hat and China Cap require crossing private property, so please obtain permission from the landowner(s) before attempting a climb of either peak. Both peaks can be easily accessed from China Cap Road or close to it. But they each require a difficult, steep bushwhack in dense terrain. USGS China Hat
From ID-34 at the southeast corner of Blackfoot Reservoir, drive west on [signed] China Cap Road for 1.4 miles to a signed junction with Dike Road. Continue west on China Cap Road for another 0.2 miles to a large pullout on the right/north side of the road just prior to reaching a gravel pit. Park here (6,160 feet). GPS coordinates: 42⁰48’55”N, 111⁰36’04”W.
Northeast Face, Class 2
From the parking pullout, cross to the south side of China Cap Road and bushwhack southwest up through a thick forest of pines and aspens with dense brush, downed timber, and moss-covered ground boulders. Thankfully, the summit cap is much more open and even offers views to the south and east. The summit high point is a rocky/brushy hump. It is the southernmost of three summit humps. There is no summit cairn on top.
Regions: Aspen Range->Peale Mountains->SOUTHERN IDAHO
Mountain Range: Peale Mountains
Longitude: -111.6039 Latitude: 42.8076