Elevation: 7,768 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published 2018.
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.
From Arco, Idaho, 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 further into Wood Canyon. However, during winter of 2017-2018, a heavy rain event washed out many approach roads in the Jumpoff 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.
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 reached 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.
As we approached the high ridge where we could see the summit area, we surprised a large elk herd. They quickly ran over the ridge to the southwest. We continued on to the summit and took photos.
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 of a 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.
Our trip stats: 5.24 miles and 1,614 feet elevation gain.
USGS Topo: Arco Hills
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