Peak 7830 (Skull Hill) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,830 ft
Prominence: 883

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Peak 7830 is a gentle, elongated hill located northwest of Skull Canyon. Its rugged South and Southeast Aspects dominate the mouth of Skull Canyon. Peak 7830 is most easily climbed via its East and Northeast Slopes from Skull Canyon Road/FSR-298. The summit is located at the Southeast End of a long summit ridge crest. Peak 7830 is a great early-season, snow-free hike. USGS Blue Dome

The East side of Peak 7830 with the summit just right of center. The left skyline is the East Ridge. Livingston Douglas

The East Side of Peak 7830 with the summit just right of center. The left skyline is the East Ridge. Livingston Douglas Photo

The Northeast Face of Peak 7830 as viewed from the road junction at the base of the face. The summit is the high point in the center, behind the pine trees. Livingston Douglas

The Northeast Face of Peak 7830 as viewed from the road junction at the base of the face. The summit is the high point in the center, behind the pine trees. Livingston Douglas Photo

East Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 23, 2019

Access

Skull Canyon Road on the E side of ID-28, exactly 1.6 miles N of the north entrance to Birch Creek Campground and 15.0 miles N of the ID-28/ID-22 junction. Skull Canyon Road is signed. Drive 0.4 miles up Skull Canyon Road (through private property) to reach BLM land at a cattle gate. Park just inside the cattle gate in a large pullout area (6,150 feet). Skull Canyon Road is a narrow, rocky road but you may be able to drive farther up the road and shorten the hike considerably.

The Climb

From the BLM cattle gate, hike NE up Skull Canyon Road about 1.7 miles to a signed road junction in an open meadow (6,704 feet). Leave the road at this junction and scramble SW up onto the crest of the East Ridge on easy scrub/scree. The ridge terrain is short scrub/grass with a good dirt/broken scree base initially. But soon, shale scree becomes more prevalent and rocky outcrops and rock strata join the mix. The ridge is somewhat ill-defined in its mid-section; just maintain a W trajectory in that “face-like” area.

Higher up, scattered mountain mahogany appear. To skirt any ridge problems, move to the R/NE side of the ridge crest onto scrub/grass. Near the summit, an old 2-track jeep road shows up on the R/NE side of the ridge. The summit of Peak 7830 is at the SE end of a long, narrow ridge line. The high point had a torn-down cairn, so I rebuilt it. The summit area is a combination of short scrub/grass, embedded talus, and scree.

The newly rebuilt summit cairn atop Peak 7830. Diamond Peak is in the distance, just right of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

The newly-rebuilt summit cairn atop Peak 7830. Diamond Peak is in the distance, just right of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

Northeast Face (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the East Ridge Route

The Descent

From the summit, bushwhack NE through a relatively easy, open pine forest. Maintain a straight downhill trajectory. After the forest ends, cross an old jeep road and then a shoulder to head down to an obvious road junction at the base of the Northeast Face (6,947 feet on the USGS topo map). The terrain on the open section of the Northeast Face is relatively easy, open short scrub/grass. Skirt around any pockets of thicker scrub. Follow Skull Canyon Road/FSR-298 SE for 0.7 miles back down to a road junction. From there, go R/S and hike down FSR-298 for 1.7 miles to the BLM cattle gate and the parking area.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range

Longitude: -112.90139   Latitude: 44.17949

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