Peak 7058 (Inman Hill) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,058 ft
Prominence: 558

The newly-built summit cairn atop Peak 7058, on a cold, rainy morning in mid-May. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019


Peak 7058 sits just west of Inman Pass. It is overshadowed by South Putnam Mountain (8,949 feet) and its long South Ridge, which extends all the way to Inman Pass. Nevertheless, Peak 7058 makes for a nice, open ridge scramble from the National Forest Boundary at Inman Road. The easiest ascent route is the South Face from the upper reaches of Inman Road. Peak 7058 makes for a good early- or late-season scramble. USGS Bonneville Peak

The newly-built summit cairn atop Peak 7058, on a cold, rainy morning in mid-May. Livingston Douglas Photo

The newly-built summit cairn atop Peak 7058, on a cold, rainy morning in mid-May. Livingston Douglas Photo

West Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: May 20, 2019

Access

Rapid Creek Road is located at the E end of Inkom, ID, just off Main Street/Inkom Road. It is signed and heads N. Drive 1.3 miles up Rapid Creek Road to [signed] Inman Road. Turn R/E and drive 2.6 miles on Inman Road/FSR-018 to the Caribou National Forest Boundary. Park here (5,420 feet).

The Climb

From the National Forest boundary on Inman Road/FSR-018, scramble NW up a steep scrub hill to reach a cattle fence. Follow the R/E side of the fence up to Point 6124 on the West Ridge of Peak 7058. Scramble E then ENE up the undulating West Ridge on easy, open scrub to reach the gentle summit. The summit showed no signs of previous ascent, so I built a respectable cairn on the high point.

South Ridge (Descent), Class 3

Access

Same as for the West Ridge Route

The Descent

To add some spice to your hike, descend the South Ridge all the way to Inman Road. From the summit, descend the obvious ridge SSE on easy, short scrub. The terrain difficulty rises as it becomes thicker, taller scrub/sage and has bushes and willows mixed in. Fortunately, you can weave through the scrub, but you won’t get any help from game trails. The ridge bends R/S then R again (this time SW) to reach an overlook about 250 vertical feet above Inman Road.

The final 200 vertical feet of descent heads due S and is VERY STEEP. The terrain is a mix of loose gravel, talus, scrub, and bushes. You will be using your hands to brake yourself in this section, so I rate it a Class 3. After you reach the road, follow it W down Inman Creek to return to the Caribou National Forest Boundary and your parked vehicle.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Portneuf Range

Longitude: -112.15369   Latitude: 42.85019

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