Elevation: 8,126 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Hard Peak (called Hard BM on the Lists of John website) is not to be confused with Hard Butte which is several miles to the north. This summit can be climbed via the Grass Mountain trail which is accessed via FS-257, the Goose Lake/ Hazard Lake Road. Page 134 in the book. Follow this road north from ID-55 for 18.7 miles. There is a large parking lot on the east side of the road. The trail starts on the west side. I recommend climbing this peak in conjunction with an ascent of it’s twin Peak 8124, sometimes called Serene Peak. There are great views of the nearby mountains as well as the Seven Devils from the summit.
A quarter of a mile up the trail is a junction. Turn left. After gaining roughly 200 feet of elevation the trail crosses the peak’s west ridge. You can leave the trail at this point and follow ridge up to the summit. The ridge is interspersed with meadows, forest and burned trees.
A second option (which I used) is to follow the trail to the Grass Mountains divide and the follow the ridge from the pass north to point 8048 and then northeast to the summit. This route is 4.0 miles long and gains roughly 1,400 feet.
Use the link below to John Platt’s trip report for additional details.