Elevation: 8,037 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Peak 8037 is located southeast of the city of Pocatello, Idaho, almost 2 miles northeast of Scout Mountain in the Bannock Mountain Range of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The peak can be summited in conjunction with Scout Mountain, in a long day, or more directly on its own from Walker Creek Canyon.
Walker Canyon Approach, Class 2+
Take Marsh Creek road south of Pocatello until you reach Walker Creek road, which starts out paved and then turns to gravel. Travel west on Walker Creek road and take it as far as it goes until it ends at a parking area. If the road is not muddy, a two-wheel drive vehicle will suffice. The climb starts at a gate by the creek and follows a jeep trail.
There is a private landowner whose property you need to hike around on the jeep trail. The owner has installed warning signs and cameras, but we found the placement of a key sign at a fork by his property a little misleading. Basically, stay left at the fork. The trail switchbacks around the property as it ascends toward the saddle. When you get above the property, there will be another warning sign and camera.
Continue on up the trail, which will begin to narrow. Keeping an eye on the saddle area, follow the trail until it is necessary to go off-trail and head directly toward the saddle. When you reach the saddle, you will see the summit block of Peak 8037 to the east with its distinct, southern rocky face.
The summit block is the technical section of the climb. Approaching the block from the west (i.e., directly from the saddle) is the easiest, but it is still very steep, rocky, and loose. Staying on the north side as you get close to the top should keep you in Class 2+ and result in no technical climbing, but a little scrambling will be still be necessary to reach the actual summit. We didn’t stay to the north and, instead, ended up cornering around the southwest side of the block, which resulted in an unexpected, short, exposed scramble (technically a couple Class 3 moves) back to the north side.
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