Peak 7796 (Wooley Range HP)

Elevation: 7,796 ft
Prominence: 1,096

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This peak is not in the book.

The highest point in the Wooley Range is a scenic peak these days but in the past was subjected to phosphate mining. USGS Lower Valley

Wooley Range HP. View N from Dry Valley on 9/25/14. Note the mining scars now in restoration on the peak's south slopes. Ascent went up forested draw, far left, to reach the open brush face. Rick Baugher Photo

Wooley Range HP. View north from Dry Valley (9/25/14).
Note the mining scars now in restoration on the peak’s South Slopes. Ascent went up forested draw (far left) to reach the open brush face. Rick Baugher Photo

Here is Rick Baugher’s report on reaching the Wooley Range High Point:

On 6/23/13, I drove thru Soda Springs, ID and (Upper) Blackfoot River Road to its paved end just before The Narrows in Idaho’s Southeast Highlands. The oft-repeated phrase “The hardest part about climbing a mountain is sometimes getting to the trailhead” rung true today. Strike one: Trying to approach from Agrium’s active phosphate mining haul road. Strike two: Going through The Narrows and finding “bushwhack hell” beyond Mill Canyon Campground.

The third try was the charm. Just before The Narrows, found a well-hidden decommissioned two-track heading up canyon to the NW. Rode then hiked almost to the 7,300-foot saddle. Broke through the Douglas fir forest with brushy understory into a former phosphate mining area, now in restoration. Continued up open brush mat to summit Wooley Range HP. On top, a USGS benchmark tablet stamped 1948, but with no station name. Re-erected the signal post.

Summit Wooley Range HP, 7796'. View NW past Blackfoot Reservoir to South & North Putnam peaks on horizon.

The summit of Wooley Range HP. View northwest past Blackfoot Reservoir to South Putnam and North Putnam Peaks on the horizon.

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Mountain Range: Peale Mountains

Longitude: -111.38039   Latitude: 42.81319

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