Elevation: 8,619 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018
Peak 8619 lies directly southeast of Piney Peak in the Big Hole Mountains. We climbed this peak via Fleming Canyon as an overnight trip where we also climbed Peak 7987, Black Mountain, Chicken Peak, Liars Peak, and Piney Peak. All these peaks are accessible off a well-traveled trail that is also popular for guided hunting and dirt bikes. There are no water sources along or near the main trail except one small spring that was not flowing when we were there in late September.
As you travel toward Victor, Idaho, on Highway 31, Fleming 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 easily missed. Putting Fleming Canyon into Google Maps will get you close to the canyon’s jeep road (shown in Google [erroneously] as 270, this trail is actually 079).
If you have a 4WD, you can travel a good distance into the canyon, but you may need a high clearance 4WD depending on conditions/time of year. There is no formal parking anywhere. You will follow this jeep road until it turns into a single track trail so park wherever it is convenient. We parked near Gopher Canyon, but you can possibly get further in, near Snowslide Gulch.
Northwest Ridge Route, Class 2
From where you park, hike on Trail 079 further into Fleming Canyon until you encounter a junction with the Dry Canyon trail. Stay to the right to stay on Trail 079. As you continue upward on the trail you will encounter signage. At this point, follow signs to Black Mountain. Continue past Black Mountain until you reach a bigger junction with signs for several trails around 7800 feet.
From here, you are about 3 miles to Piney Peak. Hike on the main trail to the base of the Southeast Ridge of Piney Peak. Then descend the main trail as it heads toward the saddle between Piney Peak and Peak 8619. At this saddle, it’s a quick bushwhack up the Northwest Ridge to Peak 8619’s summit. To return to Fleming Canyon, climb the main trail back toward Piney Peak and then all the way back out to the trailhead.
USGS Stouts Mountain
Climber Trip Reports