Peak 7768

Elevation: 7,768 ft
Prominence: 588

Peak 7768. Steve Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book. Margo Mandella prepared the first edition of this page. Livingston Douglas submitted the new route description set forth down the page. Updated December 2019


Peak 7768 by Margo Mandella

Peak 7768 is an unassuming ranked peak in the Lost River Range that lies between much taller King Mountain to the west and Jumpoff Peak to the east. Its large, mellow summit area is exposed to wind and weather, but it provides great views of surrounding peaks and the valley below. It’s a peak that we did “on the fly” while climbing other peaks in the area. USGS Arco Hills

Summit of Peak 7768 with snowy King Mountain (r) and North King (l) in the background. Steve Mandella photo.

The summit of Peak 7768 with snowy King Mountain (right) and North King Mountain (left) in the background. Steve Mandella Photo


Access

From Arco (ID), travel east on 2450 North until you reach Arco Pass Road. Follow Arco Pass Road as it heads north, then east, then northeast, and then north once more until it reaches the mouth of Wood Canyon. You’ve missed the canyon if you are still on Arco Pass Road when it turns due west.

Normally, you could continue on the dirt road farther into Wood Canyon. However, during winter of 2017-2018, a heavy rain event washed out many approach roads in the Jumpoff Peak subrange/Arco Hills area. We found this ATV road impassable by 4WD without causing irresponsible resource damage on top of natural damage, so we parked and started our climb from here.

Trailhead for Peak 7768. Steve Mandella photo

The trailhead for Peak 7768. Steve Mandella Photo


Route

Hike into Wood Canyon on the 4WD road. Pass the first 4WD spur on the left. This spur travels onto unmarked (as of May 2018) private land. Continue on the 4WD road until you reach the second unmarked spur, shown as Arco Pass Spur #1 on the GPS track below, which is on public land. Take this spur and follow the road. The track climbs quickly and steeply. Once on the East Ridge, the track becomes gradual, and it’s pleasant hiking from here to the summit.

4WD trail to the summit of Peak 7768, with Peak 7820 in the background. Steve Mandella photo.

4WD trail to the summit of Peak 7768, with Peak 7820 in the background. Steve Mandella Photo

As we approached the high ridge where we could see the summit area, we surprised a large herd of elk. They quickly ran over the ridge to the southwest. We continued on to the summit and took photos.

Elk herd as we approach the mellow summit of Peak 7768. Steve Mandella photo

Elk herd as we approach the mellow summit of Peak 7768. Steve Mandella Photo

Private land lies due south of the summit. However, the land is fenced so stay on the public side to not trespass. As shown on the GPS track, below, we descended south along the public side of the fence line to make our outing a loop route. The fence follows all the way down to the mouth of the canyon to “our” trailhead, a fact we noticed when we started out. It’s a little more sporting descent route, so it may not save you any time. Additionally, there is no easy path to the east and back to the road if you change your mind along the way, so you need to fully commit to the south descent or just backtrack your approach on the 4WD road.

South descent off of Peak 7768. Steve Mandella photo.

South descent off Peak 7768. Steve Mandella Photo

Our round-trip stats: 5.24 miles with 1,614 feet of elevation gain.

Loop route for Peak 7768. Margo Mandella GPS track.

The loop route for Peak 7768. Margo Mandella GPS track


West Ridge and Southwest Ridge/Southwest Gully by Livingston Douglas

Date of Climb: May 28, 2019

The final climb to the summit of Peak 7768. The West Ridge is on the right skyline. The West Face is in the middle of the photo. Livingston Doug Photo

The final climb to the summit of Peak 7768. The West Ridge is on the right skyline. The West Face is in the middle of the photo. Livingston Douglas Photo

West Ridge, Class 2

Access

At the S end of Arco (ID) along US-20/26, there is a frontage road (Highway Drive) on the E side of the highway. Just N of the Conoco gas station, look for the Lost River Motel on the R/E side of the highway. Find an access road here that goes E to intersect Highway Drive. There is a public park of sorts here with a picnic table. When you reach the “T” junction with [signed] Highway Drive, turn R/S and drive 0.3 miles to a [signed] junction. Go L/E here onto 2450N. This junction is directly E of the Conoco gas station.

Drive 1.0 mile on 2450N to a signed road junction. Go L/N here. This is the start of Arco Pass Road. Set your odometer to 0.0 here. At 3.6 miles, the road turns R/E at a corral. At 4.8 miles, you reach a signed road junction. Go L/N here for Arco Pass. At 7.1 miles, reach a key road junction. Go R onto a narrow rough road for Arco Pass. At 8.1 miles, park alongside the road as the road is about to get very steep and badly rutted. The elevation here is 6,135 feet.

The Climb

From the parking pullout, hike up the muddy, rutted road to Arco Pass for 2.0 miles to a flat saddle area at 7,000 feet. Do NOT go all the way to Arco Pass. Leave the road here and scramble E up a relatively easy mix of sagebrush and grass. You soon reach Point 7535 (large cairn here). Follow a 2-track jeep road SE then E to the summit of Peak 7768. The summit of Peak 7768 has a large cairn. I stuck a post in the cairn and took a photo of it. Peak 7768 is just another grassy hump and nothing more.

Southwest Ridge/Southwest Gully (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the West Ridge Route

The Descent

From the summit, descend W on the ridge-crest jeep road briefly to reach the Southwest Ridge. Leave the jeep road here and descend the crest of the Southwest Ridge. The terrain on the Southwest Ridge is easy open scrub/grass. The ridge soon bends R/W and drops 600 vertical feet to a gully. Descend the narrow gully (using a cattle trail) to intercept Arco Pass Road. You must cross a stiff cattle fence a little ways above the road. Follow the road back to your parked vehicle.

The summit cairn atop Peak 7768. It now sports a NFS post, thanks to yours truly. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop Peak 7768. It now sports a NFS post, thanks to yours truly. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Longitude: -113.18919   Latitude: 43.74601

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