Elevation: 4,375 ft
This peak is not in the book. Updated by Margo Mandella (January 2020)
Peak 4375 is a small ranked peak northeast of Boise, Idaho. The peak’s accessibility, open slopes, relatively short hiking distance, elevation gain, and steepness make it a quick outing for active people and also a good “mountaineering” choice for beginners and adventurous children. The summit provides a 360 degree view which includes all of the Grand Slam Peaks.
Still, as with any peak, be prepared. It can be windy on top and there are no trees for shade or shelter from rain. The area is heavily used by wildlife. If there is water in either of the two small streams that you cross, and you didn’t bring your own, you will definitely want to use a water filter. USGS Lucky Peak
Take I-84 to Exit 57 (ID-21) and head north toward Idaho City. After you pass Lucky Peak Dam, pay attention to the east side of the road where there will be a few turnouts. Look for a large, paved turnout on the right/east side of the highway approximately 2.4 miles from Lucky Peak Dam. If you pass the Highland Valley Road junction on the left/west side of the highway you have gone to far. The view in the photo above is from the parking area.
Southwest Slopes, Class 2
A use trail leaves the parking area and drops down to a crossing of Sheep Creek. The trail then climbs up to a fence with a gate. Once through the gate you can climb the peak’ Southwest Face via numerous lines. Ascend whatever line suits you, or try the loop route shown on the track (below). It is barely over a mile to the summit with 882 feet of elevation gain. It is almost two miles for the entire climb on the loop route. Are you an avid peakbagger looking for a bigger day? Then get an early start and pair Kodiak Peak with nearby Shaw Mountain (Lucky Peak) and/or Cervidae Peak for a multiple-peak day!