Indian Mountain

Elevation: 7,298 ft
Prominence: 598

This peak is not in the book.


There are 27 points of prominence in Idaho that utilize the word “Indian” as part of their name and only one of them is included in the book. This demonstrates just how many mountain peaks there are in Idaho and how few of them are know to climbers and hikers.

Indian Mountain is a popular early season hike in the Pocatello area. Steve and Margo Mandella provided the following information and photos.

To access the peak, take South Fork Mink Creek Road out of Pocatello and turn left onto East Fork Mink Creek Road (less than 1/2 mile past Cherry Springs Picnic Area). Maps indicate that East Fork Mink Creek road is closed November to April; however, the road is open when the Nordic Center is open for public use, generally early December. (Contact the Caribou Targhee Forest, Westside Ranger District, for road and trail information.)

After approximately 1/2 mile, on your left, you will reach the Lead Draw parking area, which may be gated. Start your climb from here and consider hiking this peak before the main trail is open to motorized use (May 15 to November 15). Margo climbed this peak in late March of 2010. It had a dusting of snow up top and she and her friends made a loop of the climb. Her track is included below. Overall, April seems to be a good time to climb Indian Mountain. In 2015, Steve reported that the “snow is mostly off right now (4/15).”

The summit do Indian Mountain become visible in the distance. Steve Mandella Photo

The summit to Indian Mountain become visible in the distance. Steve Mandella Photo

The Indian Mountain summit. Steve Mandella Photo

Indian Mountain summit. Steve Mandella Photo

The peak's survey marker. Steve Mandella Photo

The peak’s survey marker. Steve Mandella Photo

Looking south toward Scout Mountain. Steve Mandella Photo

Looking south toward Scout Mountain. Steve Mandella Photo

A ruin you will pass along the way. Steve Mandella Photo

A ruin you will pass along the way. Steve Mandella Photo

Margo's 2010 ascent with friends of Indian Mountain.

Margo’s GPS track of her 2010 ascent of Indian Mountain.

USGS Topo: Scout Mountain

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Bannock Range

Longitude: -112.34639   Latitude: 42.74579

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