Liars Peak by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 8,689 ft
Prominence: 329

Liars Peak, Steve Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book. Published October 2018


Liars Peak is located in the Big Hole Mountains, via Fleming Canyon, which is off of Highway 31 as you head toward Victor, Idaho. We climbed Liars Peak as an overnight trip where we also climbed Peak 7987, Black Mountain, Chicken Peak, Piney Peak, and Peak 8619. All these peaks are accessible off a well-traveled trail that is also popular for guided hunting and dirt bikes. There are no water sources along or near the trail except one small spring that was not flowing when we were there in late September.

Liars Peak, Steve Mandella photo.

Liars Peak, Steve Mandella photo.


Access

To get to Liars Peak, first get to Fleming Canyon. As you travel toward Victor, Idaho, on Highway 31, the canyon is located on the north side of the highway. Specifically, the canyon is between Stouts Mountain and the West Piney Girls Recreation Camp. The canyon turnoff is not signed and easily missed. Putting Fleming Canyon into Google Maps will get you close to the canyon’s jeep road (shown in Google [erroneously] as 270, this trail is actually 079).

If you have a 4WD, you can travel a good distance into the canyon, but you may need a high clearance 4WD depending on conditions/time of year. There is no formal parking anywhere. To climb Peak 7987, you will follow this jeep road until it turns into a single track trail so park wherever it is convenient. We parked near Gopher Canyon, but you can possibly get further in, near Snowslide Gulch.


Southwest Face Via Chicken Peak or Southeast Ridge, Class 2

From where you park, hike on Trail 079 further into Fleming Canyon until you encounter a junction with the Dry Canyon trail. Stay to the right to stay on Trail 079. As you continue upward on the trail you will encounter signage. At this point, follow signs to Black Mountain. Continue past Black Mountain until you reach a bigger junction with signs for several trails around 7800 feet.

Trail signage. Steve Mandella photo.

Trail signage. Steve Mandella photo.

Junction sign. Steve Mandella photo.

Junction sign. Steve Mandella photo.

From here, you are about 1 mile to the summit of Chicken Peak and 2 miles to the summit of Liars Peak. If you climb Chicken Peak, which is literally a few feet off the main trail, then from the summit connect back with the main trail, or bushwhack approximately 50-60 feet and catch the main trail on the northeast side of the peak. Descend the main trail until you can see off-trail options to ascend the southwest face of Liars Peak. The ascent is short and the footing is good.

Otherwise, stay on the main trail around Chicken Peak and look for an off-trail option onto the Liars Peak’s southeast ridge. Either approach is about the same grade. From Liars Peak’s summit, enjoy views of nearby Big Hole peaks and the Teton Mountain Range.

Big Hole Peaks. Steve Mandella Photo

Big Hole Peaks. Steve Mandella Photo

USGS Topo: Stouts Mountain

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Big Hole and Snake River Mountains

Longitude: -111.36269   Latitude: 43.61909

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