Elevation: 7,978 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018
Peak 7978 is located in the Big Hole Mountains above Fleming Canyon which is off ID-31 as you head toward Victor, Idaho. We climbed Peak 7978 as an overnight trip when we also climbed Black Mountain, Chicken Peak, Liars Peak, Piney Peak and Peak 8619. All of these peaks are accessible from 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 for one small spring that was not flowing when we were there in late September. USGS Stouts Mountain
To get to Peak 7978, first get to Fleming Canyon. As you travel toward Victor, Idaho on ID-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 is easily to miss. Putting Fleming Canyon into Google Maps will get you close to the canyon’s jeep road [shown in Google erroneously as FST-270; this trail is actually FST-079]. The map shown on the ListsOfJohn link provided below is accurate as well.
If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can travel a good distance into the canyon, but you may need a high-clearance 4WD vehicle depending on conditions/time of year. There is no formal parking anywhere. To climb Peak 7978, follow this jeep road until it turns into a single track trail. Park wherever it is convenient. We parked near Gopher Canyon, but you can possibly get farther in, near Snowslide Gulch.
Route, Class 1+
From where you park, hike on FST-079 farther into Fleming Canyon until you encounter a junction with the Dry Canyon Trail. Stay to the right to remain on FST-079. As you continue upward on the trail, you will encounter signage. At this point, follow signs to Black Mountain. Peak 7978 is just off the trail right before you descend toward Black Mountain. You should see Peak 7978’s distinctive summit cairn as you are hiking. From the summit, you have expansive views of numerous Big Hole peaks as well as the Teton Mountains.