Elevation: 5,762 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Peak 5762 is located in the Bannock Mountain Range. The peak lies on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The peak is 3.62 miles southwest of the town of Inkom, Idaho, and 2.61 miles northeast of Indian Mountain. Peak 5762 is best climbed from the north and can be combined with Peak 6495, via a loop route, for an early-season, double-peak outing.
The most challenging part of the climb might be finding the trail head, which is located on a strip of public land between two private residences. Starting from Pocatello, take Bannock Highway (which roughly parallels the west side of Interstate-15) southeast to West Portneuf road, and head east toward Inkom. At the intersection of West Portneuf and West Blackrock roads, turn southeast (right) and continue on West Portneuf road.
As you drive, look toward your right (south) for a BLM trail marker that is next to a fence post. The marker is not easy to spot, and there is no parking area or pull-off. But, if you pass a private drive on your right that is signed “Dead End” or Tatonka Lane on your left, you drove too far. When you find the marker, the only legal option to park is on the narrow road shoulder, or as we did…slightly off-road, straddling the small ditch.
Hike south through this strip of land, using one of several “paths” until you reach a gate. The gate was open in March (2017), and there was no indication that it is ever closed. Peak 5762 lies to your immediate right (west).
We climbed this peak with Peak 6495 via the loop route (shown in the GPS track, below). However, if Peak 5762 is your only destination, pass through the gate and start south on a discernible trail into Trough Canyon.
Before you go too far, you have two choices. Decide if you want to immediately climb off-trail to obtain the northeast ridge, or if you want to hike farther in the canyon and climb to the saddle between the peak’s north and south summits.
Effort-wise, the routes are about the same. The bottom loop shown on the GPS track essentially shows both ways, just ignore the loop that continues toward Peak 6495.
If you hike into Trough Canyon to the saddle, stay to your right at all junctions to stay out of Morris Canyon. Hike for about 1 mile. At this point, you reach another junction where you can clearly see the peak’s south summit. Here, go off-trail to your right (west) and climb up the ridge, aiming for either the saddle (or directly to the summit). At the saddle, the true summit is the one to the south.
When you’ve finished enjoying the views, reverse your route to the trail head. Alternatively, continue north along the ridge, climb the north summit and when you reach the northeast ridge, take that down. If you noticed on the way up, Trough Canyon’s walls are steep along several sections of the canyon. Pitching off the peak anywhere other than the saddle/south summit area, or the northeast ridge could “cliff” you out.
USGS Topo: Inkom
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