Elevation: 7,194 ft
This peak is not in the book. Livingston Douglas provided new route information which is set out below Margo’s entry. Updated December 2019
Southeast and Northeast Ridges by Margo Mandella
Peak 7194 is in the Jumpoff Peak subrange of the Lost River Range. Found west of the Idaho National Laboratory and Highway 22, Peak 7194 and its peak neighbors, 8383 and 6990, 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.
From Deadman Canyon: 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. USGS Arco Hills
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.
From Combe Canyon: From Arco Pass Road, use BLM road 1265 to travel east into Combe Canyon. This road is open year-round but may be subject to washouts and rutting. A high clearance 4WD, or extra hiking, may be necessary.
Southeast Ridges, Class 2
We climbed this peak as a loop hike with peaks 8383 and 6990. We used the south-southeast ridge to ascend Peak 7194 from Peak 6990 and then the southeast ridge to descend to a game trail that climbed back up to the jeep road on Peak 6990. Then we hiked back down the trail to Deadman Canyon and our vehicle. See our route description and GPS track on the Peak 8383 page for more details.
Northeast Ridges, Class 2
There are jeep trails from Combe Canyon and from north of Sutton Canyon, on the west side of the range, that will get you onto Peak 7194. These trails are faintly visible on Google Earth. These trails come from the west and travel around the north and northeast side of Peak 7194. Basically, take either of these trails as far as you can travel along the ridges and then hike off-trail, staying on the ridges, heading to the south, to Peak 7194’s summit.
North Face/North Ridge and Northwest Ridge by Livingston Douglas
Date of Climb: May 29, 2019
North Face/North Ridge, Class 2
Same as for the Southwest Spur/Northwest Ridge Route on Peak 8170. This route is part of a multi-peak climb of Peak 8170 then Peak 7194.
From the mouth of Combe Canyon, hike up a 2-track jeep road that enters the canyon and passes rugged Point 6585 and a wide gully to reach the base of the North Face of Peak 7194. Leave the road and scramble up the easy scrub on the North Face to reach the Northeast Summit of Peak 7194. Find the remnants of an old jeep track here and follow it SW then S to near the true summit. Do a final scramble on easy scrub/scree to reach the lateral hump that is the true summit of Peak 7194. There is a small cairn atop the protruding rock fin that is the high point.
Northwest Ridge, Class 2
Same as for the North Face/North Ridge Route. This is the final leg of a loop route that begins and ends at a parking/camping pullout at the mouth of Wood Canyon.
From the summit, descend the North Ridge about ¼ mile to the low point between the true summit and the [false] Northeast Summit. From here, descend NW to a saddle then climb 80 vertical feet up to the top of Point 7054. Follow the crest of the weaving, undulating ridge as it heads NW then NNW then W then NNW to reach a final ridge hump. From this hump (6400+), descend N to the valley floor and angle NW to intercept Wood Canyon Road. The ridge terrain is easy, open scrub, grass, and scree. The valley floor is thicker sagebrush. Hike N up Wood Canyon Road to return to your parked vehicle.
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