Elevation: 8,126 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Hard Peak 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. 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 combination with an ascent of its twin, Peak 8124/Serene Peak. The summit offers great views of the nearby mountains as well as the Seven Devils. USGS Hazard Lake
A quarter of a mile up the trail is a junction. Turn left. After gaining roughly 200 vertical feet, the trail crosses the peak’s West Ridge. You can leave the trail at this point and follow the ridge 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 then 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 vertical feet.
Use the link below to John Platt’s trip report for additional details.