Henderson Peak by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 8,312 ft
Prominence: 692

This peak is not in the book.


Henderson Peak is located approximately 4 miles southeast of Garns Mountain in the Big Hole Mountain Range of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The summit provides great views of various Big Hole peaks, the City of Victor, and the Teton Mountains.

The Big Hole Mountains, and especially trails that are readily accessible from Victor, are very popular and parking might be limited at trail heads.


Patterson Creek Approach

View along Patterson Ridge from near the summit of Henderson Peak on a rainy fall afternoon. Photo – Steve Mandella

From Victor, access Forest Service Trail #237 via West 6750 Street. Take Trail #237 to the point at which it narrows and the Trail #237 sign is posted. Immediately to the left, there is a small area where a few vehicles can be parked.

Continue northwesterly on Trail #237. This trail turns into Trail #218 and parallels Patterson Creek for most of the way. Continue toward a saddle where Trail #218 intersects Trail #235 on Mahogany Ridge and head northeast on Trail #235. This trail proceeds in the direction of the summit but does not go to the summit, so off-trail hiking is needed. From the summit, there is an unmarked, unmapped, but clearly used trail that follows Patterson Ridge, and parallels Trail #218, that makes a nice loop hike.


Dry Fork / Horse Heaven Approach

Fall colors on Henderson Peak. Photo – Steve Mandella

A longer hike to Henderson Peak’s summit, this approach also goes through Horse Heaven and passes right next to unranked Peak 8209.

From Victor, access Forest Service Trail #544 via West 5750 Street and Henderson Canyon Road. Trail #544 turns into Trail #235 and follows Mahogany Ridge, approaching Henderson Peak’s summit from the northeast.

USGS Topo: Garns Mountain

Patterson Creek / Patterson Ridge loop route to Henderson Peak summit. GPS Track, Steve Mandella

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Big Hole and Snake River Mountains

Longitude: -111.25501   Latitude: 43.65359

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