Peak 7987 by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 7,987 ft
Prominence: 338

Peak 7978, photo Steve Mandella

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018


Peak 7987 is located in the Big Hole Mountains, via Fleming Canyon, which is off of Highway 31 as you head toward Victor, Idaho. We climbed Peak 7987 as an overnight trip where we also climbed Black Mountain, Chicken Peak, Liars Peak, Piney Peak, and Peak 8619. All these peaks are accessible off a well-traveled trail that is also popular for guided hunting and dirt bikes. There are no water sources along or near the trail except one small spring that was not flowing when we were there in late September.

Peak 7978, photo Steve Mandella

Peak 7987, photo Steve Mandella


Access

To get to Peak 7987, first get to Fleming Canyon. As you travel toward Victor, Idaho, on Highway 31, the canyon is located on the north side of the highway. Specifically, the canyon is between Stouts Mountain and the West Piney Girls Recreation Camp. The canyon turnoff is not signed and easily missed. Putting Fleming Canyon into Google Maps will get you close to the canyon’s jeep road (shown in Google [erroneously] as 270, this trail is actually 079). The map shown on the ListsOfJohn link provided below is accurate as well.

Trail signage. Steve Mandella photo.

Trail signage. Steve Mandella photo.

If you have a 4WD, you can travel a good distance into the canyon, but you may need a high clearance 4WD depending on conditions/time of year. There is no formal parking anywhere. To climb Peak 7987, you will follow this jeep road until it turns into a single track trail so park wherever it is convenient. We parked near Gopher Canyon, but you can possibly get further in, near Snowslide Gulch.


Route, Class 1+

From where you park, hike on Trail 079 further into Fleming Canyon until you encounter a junction with the Dry Canyon trail. Stay to the right to stay on Trail 079. As you continue upward on the trail you will encounter signage. At this point, follow signs to Black Mountain. Peak 7987 is just off the trail right before you descend toward Black Mountain. You should see Peak 7987’s distinctive cairn as you are hiking. From here you will have big views of numerous Big Hole peaks as well as the Teton Mountain Range.

USGS Topo: Stouts Mountain

Carin on Peak 7978, Steve Mandella photo.

Cairn on Peak 7978, Steve Mandella photo.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Big Hole and Snake River Mountains

Longitude: -111.35111   Latitude: 43.58149

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