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 when we also climbed Peak 7978, Black Mountain, Chicken Peak, Liars Peak and Piney Peak. All of these peaks are accessible from 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 for one small spring that was not flowing when we were there in late September. USGS Stouts Mountain
As you travel toward Victor, Idaho on ID-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 is easily missed. Putting Fleming Canyon into Google Maps will get you close to the canyon’s jeep road [shown in Google erroneously as FST-270; this trail is actually FST-079].
If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can travel a good distance into the canyon, but you may need a high-clearance 4WD vehicle depending on conditions/time of year. There is no formal parking anywhere. Follow this jeep road until it turns into a single track trail. Park wherever it is convenient. We parked near Gopher Canyon, but you can possibly get farther in, near Snowslide Gulch.
Northwest Ridge Route, Class 2
From where you park, hike on FST-079 farther into Fleming Canyon until you encounter a junction with the Dry Canyon Trail. Stay to the right to remain on FST-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 at around 7,800 feet.
From here, you are about 3 miles from 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 the summit of Peak 8619. To return to Fleming Canyon, climb the main trail back toward Piney Peak and then all the way back out to the trailhead.