Elevation: 7,834 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Peak 7834 is located on the Southeast Side of the Big Hole Mountains. It is the first peak west of Pine Creek Pass and ID-31. It is a good destination for cross-country skiing during stable snow conditions and is an easy walk in Summer. USGS Fourth of July Peak
East Approach (Drake Creek), Class 1-2
From Victor, Idaho, travel west on ID-31 to W 9000 South. Turn on W 9000 South and continue westward until you can travel no farther and park.
Use FS-548 and hike westward as it turns into FS-238 until you reach the Big Hole Crest Trail/FS-217. Turn north and follow the trail to the top of the next hill. Here, you will see a short trail to the west that takes you to the cairn for the summit of Peak 7834.
Steve and Margo Mandella did this peak as part of a 3-peak loop. Read about their trip and view their GPS track on the Squirrel Mountain page.
Pine Creek Summit Route, Class 2
Access this route from ID-31 at Pine Creek Pass. There is a large parking lot on the East Side of the highway. A good but unsigned trail leaves the pass on the West Side of the highway. This trail connects with other trails that run nearly to the summit of Peak 7800 and then drops down to the saddle between Peak 7800 and Peak 7834.
Follow the trail to the saddle and then up to the peak’s Southeast Ridge. At the point where the trail crosses the ridge, you will find a good use trail that quickly leads to the summit. The ascent over Peak 7800 gained roughly 1,200 feet in 1.9 miles one-way. The trail was in good shape the entire distance (July 2017).