Elevation: 8,686 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published June 2021
Peak 8686 is one of a group of peaks that sit between the massive South Jerry Peak/Jerry Peak ridge in the west and US-93 in the east. This country is for the most part open grass and sagebrush terrain with small stands of fir forest found on some northern-aspect slopes. The views from these summits are spectacular. It is also one of the best areas for observing wild horses in Idaho. USGS Horse Basin
Primary access is via Walker Way Road. This occasionally-graded road cuts through this section of the Boulder Mountains from Trail Creek Road to the south to US-93 to the north. The Walker Way Road is a well-engineered, narrow route that varies in quality but is, for the most part, in good condition. Nevertheless, a high-clearance vehicle is recommended.
If approaching from the south, Trail Creek Road leaves US-93 16.0 miles north of Mackay, Idaho. Follow it west for 4.7 miles. Turn right/north onto Peck Canyon/Walker Way Road. Follow this road north and then northeast for 9.6 miles. The unsigned and unmapped 4WD road begins at this spot.
If approaching from the north, follow US-93 south from the US-93/ID-75 junction for 18.2 miles and turn right/west onto [signed] Dry Gulch Road. See also [(D)(2) Page 243]. Follow this road (which soon becomes Walker Way Road) southwest and then west for 9.3 miles. The unsigned and unmapped 4WD road begins at this spot.
Southwest Face, Class 1
This route follows a sketchy 4WD road from Walker Way Road almost all the way to the summit. Although some may choose to drive to the top, there are several spots that will test the durability of your tires. The views along the 4WD road make this an enjoyable walk. The 360-degree view from the summit is among the best in Idaho.