Elevation: 8,070 ft
This peak is not in the book. This summit is the highest point in the White Knob Mountains Wilderness Study Area. Published November 2020
Date of Climb: June 2, 2020
Peak 8070 (also known as the White Knob Mountains WSA HP) is located southwest of Waddoups Canyon. Waddoups Canyon Road skirts its east flanks, north flanks, and west flanks, offering multiple ways to skin this cat. The easiest route is via the northwest ridge from the high point on Waddoups Canyon Road at a saddle (7,700 feet). A more scenic and challenging route is its east ridge. USGS Grouse
Antelope Creek Road/FSR-137 is located 11.5 miles north of the Conoco gas station at the south end of Arco, ID on US-93. The junction is poorly signed, so look for the road itself. Drive 9.1 miles southwest on FSR-137 to a signed junction for Waddoups Canyon Road. Drive 1.8 miles up Waddoups Canyon Road to a pullout on a minor hilltop (6,490 feet). This is the launch point for a climb of the east ridge.
East Ridge, Class 2
From the hilltop, hike west up an old 2-track road (mostly just a grassy clearing now) that follows a dry gully to a saddle on the east ridge. Follow the ridge briefly north then northwest then west then northwest then west then northwest to the summit. Yes, the ridge wiggles a bit and has some ups and downs. But there are some elk trails to help you. Thankfully, the sagebrush thins out pretty early so, even without game trails, the ridge crest is a reasonable endeavor with fantastic views. The summit of Peak 8070 has a tall cairn atop it, visible from quite a distance. It also has a USGS benchmark.
North Face, Class 2
From the summit, descend north down a brushy shoulder, cross a dry gully and another shoulder to descend a final face section to reach Waddoups Canyon Road. Hike west up the road to a saddle at the base of the northwest ridge of Peak 8070. This concludes the first leg of today’s 3-peak journey. Peak 8909 is up next. Please note that the northwest ridge is a easier, less complicated descent option.