Peak 7081 (Gibson Mountain) by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 7,081 ft
Prominence: 621

Peak 7081, photo - Steve Mandella

Peak 7081, a.k.a. Gibson Mountain, is located south of Pocatello, approximately 1.8 miles east southeast of Rock Knoll in the Bannock Mountain Range within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Peak 7081 is most easily accessed from the east.

Summit of Peak 7081. photo - Steve Mandella

Summit of Peak 7081 with Rock Knoll in the background. photo – Steve Mandella.

 

Peak 7081 is the highest point of the peak identified as Gibson Mountain. The map makers placed the name on the lower-elevation eastern summit (6,775 ft), which only has 67 ft of prominence. Both summits are located off of the same trail, and most people hike past the eastern Gibson summit to the true summit, totally unaware that there are two summits.

From Bannock Highway in Pocatello, take Gibson Jack road west to where it ends at a large parking area. Use Gibson Jack trail FS-014 to access the Upper Gibson Jack trail (FS-015). Follow FS-015 to approximately 6,938 ft and turn north, leaving the trail, to reach the summit cairn.

The GPS track shows a more sporty final approach. Follow the trail to approximately 6,270 ft where a faint trail to the west leaves the main trail and ascends a slope. Climb this short, steep slope to the ridge and follow the ridge to the south, enjoying views to the west and a little exposure.

Summit both Peak 7081 and nearby Rock Knoll via a loop route that uses Peak 7081’s ascent route and the Rock Knoll’s Gibson Jack – East Ridge route as a descent.

Class 2. (Note: the GPS track shows an older approach from the parking lot to FS-015 that is no longer used.)

USGS Topo: Pocatello South

Peak 7081 approach. GPS track - Margo Mandella

Peak 7081, Gibson Mountain. GPS track – Margo Mandella.

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Mountain Range: Bannock Range

Longitude: -112.4596   Latitude: 42.76729

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