Elevation: 7,936 ft
This peak is not in the book. This peak and Peak 7767 were climbed on the same excursion. Published November 2022
Peak 7936 is a ranked summit on the major north-south ridge in the Portneuf Range that includes Bonneville Peak (9,271 feet) just to the south. Peak 7936 sits just north of Inkom Pass and is most easily reached via a Forest Service Trail coming up to Inkom Pass from the west. An unofficial 2-track (not shown on maps) leads from Inkom Pass up the ridge to the summit. USGS Bonneville Peak
From US-30 on the east side of Lava Hot Springs (12.5 miles east of Exit 47/McCammon on I-15), drive north on [unsigned] Old Highway 30 for 8.9 miles to a signed junction with Pebble Road/FSR-036 (signed for Big Spring Campground). Turn left/west onto Pebble Road and drive 6.5 miles to a fork in the road, just past the turnoff for the Pebble Guard Station. Go right at the road fork onto [signed] FSR-013 and drive about 100 feet to a dispersed campsite. Park here (6,340 feet). GPS coordinates: 42⁰46’02”N, 112⁰05’32”W.
The USGS topo map shows FST-243 (an ATV trail) going west to Inkom Pass but it actually goes northwest up to Point 7880+, just north of Peak 7936 on the high north-south ridge crest. The USGS topo map fails to show a 2-track ATV trail on the ridge crest going north-south in both directions from Peak 7936.
East Face, Class 1
From the dispersed campsite, hike (or drive) north up rocky, rugged FSR-013 for a mile to a signed junction at a low point in a meadow/drainage for North Fork Pebble Creek. FST-239 (an ATV trail) goes right/east from here. Continue hiking up FSR-013 for another 2-3/4 miles to an unsigned triple junction in a meadow at 7,060 feet. There are two ATV trails on the left side of FSR-013 here. Take the ATV trail that heads hard left/southwest.
This is FST-243. The trail sign is laying on the ground and is easy to miss. FST-243 is a steep, badly-rutted ATV trail that heads southwest then west then northwest to reach the main north-south ridge crest at Point 7880+, just north-northeast of Peak 7936. From Point 7880+, follow a 2-track ATV trail south then southwest along the ridge line for about 0.2 miles to reach Peak 7936. There is a 45-foot drop to a saddle on the way to the summit. A short stroll from the ATV trail puts you on the open summit. The summit of Peak 7936 is small and has a modest cairn. The peak offers a magnificent view of Bonneville Peak to its south (see photo below).Return back down to the meadow and the triple trail junction via FST-243. This concludes the first leg of today’s 2-peak adventure. Peak 7767 is up next.