Elevation: 8,037 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Goodenough Peak, also known as Peak 8037, lies southeast of Scout Mountain in the Bannock Mountain Range within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. This peak can be accessed from multiple directions.
From the west, take South Mink Creek road to South Fork Mink Creek road (FS-163) to Scout Mountain Top Road (FS-009). Road 009 is open seasonally, requires a high clearance vehicle — preferably a jeep or other short wheelbase vehicle — and may be difficult to travel if it is wet or muddy. This road also can be narrow in places, especially in the lower areas of the track shown, which can make encountering other vehicles interesting.
It is approximately 5.60 miles roundtrip from the gate and cattle guard at the start of the track to the summit. However from a parking pull-off at 7,650 ft, it is a shorter 3-mile roundtrip hike. Depending on where you begin, hike Scout Mountain Top Road/FS-009, or the more direct hiking trail that bypasses the road switchbacks, until you reach one of two trails (at 7,800 and 8,000 ft) that heads east toward the peak. A short and easy scramble at a rock outcrop below the summit’s west side adds additional interest.
From the east, start at Goodenough Creek Campground and use the pack trail to hike into Mormon Canyon, meeting up with a jeep trail near 7,600 ft and continuing northwest to Scout Mountain Top Road (FS-009). Continue along Scout Mountain Top Road to the summit as presented in the west approach description. The hike from Goodenough Creek Campground through Mormon Canyon to the jeep trail itself is 6 miles roundtrip.
From the north, and the summit of Scout Mountain, descend Scout Mountain Top Road to the distinct trail to the east at 8,000 ft and reach the summit as previously described.
This area is especially beautiful in autumn and is a popular destination for local hunters.
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