Peak 7796 (Wooley Range HP)

Elevation: 7,796 ft

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.

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 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

Here’s Rick Baugher’s report on reaching the Wooley Range High Point, el 7796′, prominence 1096′.

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 thru The Narrows and finding bushwhack hell beyond Mill Canyon Campground.

The third try was a charm. Just before The Narrows, found a well hidden decommissioned two track heading up canyon to the NW. Rode, then hiked almost to the 7300′ saddle. Broke thru the Doug fir forest with brushy understory into a former phosphate mining area, now in restoration. Continued up open brush mat to summit Wooley Range HP 7796/1096′. On top, a USGS benchmark tablet stamped 1948, but with no station name. Re-erected signal post.  USGS Lower Valley

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

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

Mountain Range: Peale Mountains

Longitude: -111.38039   Latitude: 42.81319

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