Elevation: 7,910 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Peak 7910 sits above Goddard Canyon on its East Side. It is merely a bump on the massive Southwest Face of Copper Mountain (10,303 feet). It is a ranked summit, but barely so. The easiest ascent route is via an old jeep road and the North Ridge. Peak 7910 makes for a good early-season climb as it is snow-free long before its higher neighbors to the East. The magnificent South Ridge can be climbed in its entirety from the mouth of Long Canyon. USGS Copper Mountain
East Shoulder, Class 2
Date of Climb: June 14, 2019
Long Canyon Road is located along ID-28 in the Birch Creek Valley just N of Mile Marker 42, 8.8 miles N of the INL North Boundary, and 1.7 miles S of the North Entrance to Birch Creek Campground. It is signed with a small street sign, so look for it. Drive 2.3 miles up the smooth gravel of Long Canyon Road and park at a signed road junction. The road gets much rougher after this point. The elevation here is 6,520 feet.
From the road junction, go L up the steep Long Canyon Road for about 0.2 mile to reach an unsigned junction. Go L onto an old, overgrown 2-track road that climbs up onto the East Face of Peak 7910. Hike up this old road for just under a mile to the crossing of a shoulder due E of the summit of Peak 7910. Leave the road here (just over 7,200 feet) and climb the shoulder as it heads due W to the summit.
The terrain on the shoulder is open, short scrub initially. Higher up, there are some rocky outcrops which can either be climbed or skirted. Scattered mountain mahogany join the mix farther up. When you reach the summit ridge, scramble a short distance L/S to the high point. The high point is on a ridgeline. The summit has a modest cairn.
Northeast Ridge (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the East Shoulder Route. This route is the first leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 7910 to Peak 8963.
From the summit, scramble N along the narrow summit ridge, through open areas and rocky outcrops/boulders with mountain mahogany mixed in. You will soon reach a gentle saddle at 7,520 feet. This saddle is the base of the Northeast Ridge and concludes this part of today’s journey.