Peak 8383 by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 8,383 ft
Prominence: 443

Peak 8383. Steve Mandella photo.

Peak 8383 is not in the book. Published March 2018.

Peak 8383 is an attractive peak in the Jumpoff Peak subrange of the Lost River Range. Found west of the Idaho National Laboratory and due south of Howe Peak, Peak 8383 and its peak neighbors, 7194 and 6990, make a good, early-season peak bagging loop.

We climbed these three peaks on March 29, 2018. This climb was a “plan C” for us, as we underestimated the snow levels for two other climbs further west. Thus, we had little time and cell signal to figure out the approach, camping, and route for these three peaks.

Peak 8383 and Deadman Canyon. Steve Mandella photo.

Peak 8383 and Deadman Canyon. Steve Mandella photo.



Take Bureau of Land Management (BLM) road 1259, Deadman Canyon road, which leaves the west side of Highway 22 along Deadman Flats, toward Deadman Canyon. This road is open all year. After heading north a bit, the road takes a large, long turn to the northwest. Along this curve, a jeep trail intersects the road from the north. This trail parallels an intermittent stream, but there are no pull-offs for parking. Sagebrush is thick and turning around is difficult but doable in only a few locations. We were able to travel as far as the worse ruts, but most people probably won’t want to travel much past the junction of the jeep trail with Deadman Canyon Road.

Photo of a road rut on a washed out trail.

Washout on Deadman Canyon Road. Margo Mandella photo.

Note: A recent rain-on-snow event made travel difficult without a high-clearance 4WD starting in the lower Deadman Flats area. Even with a high clearance 4WD, we were stopped short of where we wanted on both roads we traveled.

Camping is allowed anywhere on BLM-managed public land. However, this area is thick with sagebrush and is heavily grazed. The only flat, sagebrush-free spot suitable for camping was at the junction of Deadman Canyon road and the jeep trail heading north (i.e., the previously mentioned intersection). It was a great spot to camp in March, but probably not so great once the cows and people are out later in the year.

West Ridge, Class 2

From our camp, we saw a lot of the approach for Peak 8383. We didn’t realize until later that we could see both peaks 7194 and 6990 from camp. But from the summit of Peak 8383, we could see most of the terrain to plan a loop to the summits of peaks 7194 and 6990. The entire area has a number of jeep trails that can be used for sage-brush free hiking for a lot of mileage. You can see these trails great from 8383’s summit. A GPS track is provided, below, from the point where we parked.

Use the jeep trail to approach Peak 8383 (and peaks 7194 and 6990). Follow the jeep trail north to the ridge for Peak 6990. Here, traverse across a slope and down into the shallow section of Deadman Canyon, aiming for a prominent game trail that climbs out of the canyon to the northeast. At the top of this slope, continue on the game trail. It follows the long, gentle west ridge of Peak 8383 until it connects with a jeep trail.

Summit cairn, Peak 8383. Steve Mandella photo.

Summit cairn, Peak 8383. Steve Mandella photo.

Continue on this trail as it heads toward the steeper climbing on Peak 8383’s west ridge. Stay on the west ridge as you climb, and thread around and/or through a few rock outcrops along the ridge as you head for the summit. Stay well west of any prominent cliff walls on the peak’s southern face.

At the top, find a summit cairn to welcome you and great views of the Lost Rivers, Lemhis, Big Southern Butte, and Snake River Plain. There might be a summit register, but the snow/ice prevented us from digging too deep into the cairn to find it.

GPS track to the summits of Peaks 8383 (back), 7194 (left front), and 6690. (right front).  Distance traveled: 9 miles; 3,670 feet of elevation gain. Steve Mandella track.

USGS Topo: Howe Peak

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Longitude: -113.10201   Latitude: 43.68929

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