Elevation: 7,081 ft
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.
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.
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
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