Elevation: 6,990 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published March 2018.
Peak 6990 is in the Jumpoff Peak subrange of the Lost River Range. Found west of the Idaho National Laboratory and Highway 22, Peak 6990 and its peak neighbors, 8383 and 7194, make a good, early-season peak bagging loop. We climbed these three peaks on March 29, 2018, and came in from Deadman Flats on the east side of the range.
Take Bureau of Land Management (BLM) road 1259, Deadman Canyon road, which leaves the west side of Highway 22 along Deadman Flats, toward Deadman Canyon. This road is open all year. After heading north a bit, the road takes a large, long turn to the northwest. Along this curve, a jeep trail intersects the road from the north. This trail parallels an intermittent stream, but there are no pull-offs for parking. Sagebrush is thick and turning around is difficult but doable in only a few locations. We were able to travel as far as the worse ruts, but most people probably won’t want to travel much past the junction of the jeep trail with Deadman Canyon Road.
Note: A recent rain-on-snow event made travel difficult without a high-clearance 4WD starting in the lower Deadman Flats area. Even with a high clearance 4WD, we were stopped short of where we wanted on both roads we traveled.
Camping is allowed anywhere on BLM-managed public land. However, the Deadman Canyon area is thick with sagebrush and is heavily grazed. The only flat, sagebrush-free spot suitable for camping was at the junction of Deadman Canyon road and the jeep trail heading north (i.e., the previously mentioned intersection). It was a great spot to camp in March, but probably not so great once the cows and people are out later in the year.
Northeast Ridge, Class 1
Peak 6990 has a jeep trail that goes from Deadman Canyon to the summit plateau. The jeep trail peters out near the summit, but a faint hiking path remains for the last few yards. The trail is visible on Google Earth.
We climbed this peak as a loop hike with peaks 8383 and 7194. See our route description and GPS track on the Peak 8383 page for more details.
USGS Topo: Arco Hills
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