Peak 8686 by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 8,686 ft
Prominence: 306

Peak 8686. Steve Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book.


Peak 8686 lies southwest of Peak 8726 and south of Anderson Peak. This peak provides views of the Lost River Range, neighboring peaks in the Boulder Mountains, and the Thousand Springs Valley.

Peak 8686. Steve Mandella photo.

Peak 8686. Steve Mandella photo.


Access

Access this peak one of two ways. Take Highway 93 northwest from Mackay and turn onto Dry Gulch Road/HL350 and travel south until the road reaches the area where the saddle between Peak 8686 and Peak 8726 lies, around the 8315 contour. Here, look for a jeep road heading southeast (toward the saddle between the peaks). If you have a high clearance 4WD, this is the jeep trail you’ll use to crawl higher. Otherwise, you can park off the road on this trail and hike from here.

Alternatively from Highway 93 at Trail Creek Road, turn northwest onto Walker Way. Follow Walker Way as it winds around Peck’s Canyon until it intersects with Dry Gulch Road/HL350. Take Dry Gulch/HL350 and travel north to reach the jeep trail access to the peak discussed in the previous paragraph.

Dry Gulch Road/HL350 closes 12/16 to 4/30 each year, so plan accordingly.


Northeast Ridge, Class 1

A jeep trail goes nearly all the way to the summit, bypassing point 8541. The trail is visible and easy to follow the entire way. A high clearance 4WD will take you a long ways up. Otherwise, find a place to park and hike along the jeep trail. The real summit is marked with a huge cairn.

Summit cairn Peak 8686. Steve Mandella photo.

Summit cairn Peak 8686. Steve Mandella photo.

USGS Topo: Horse Basin

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Boulder Mountains

Longitude: -114.01439   Latitude: 44.14819

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