Peak 8700 by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 8,700 ft
Prominence: 760

Peak 8700 and the Big Lost River Valley. Steve Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book. Published October 2018.

Peak 8700 lies south of Jerry Peak and north of Wildhorse Peak in the Challis National Forest. The peak’s location provides nice views of the Lost River Range, and the Boulder, White Knobs, and Pioneer mountains as well as the Big Lost River Valley. The east ridge approach is readily accessible from the road making this peak a potential year-round climb when travel on Trail Creek Road is possible.

Peak 8700. Steve Mandella photo.

Peak 8700. Steve Mandella photo.


From Highway 93, west of Mackay Idaho, turn onto Trail Creek Road and travel south-southwest toward Garden Creek Campground/Copper Basin. Just past Burnt Creek is the sign for Garden Creek, on the right side of the road, and a small pullout (used by cattle ranchers to load/unload cattle) that lies at the base of the peak’s east ridge. (If you pass Garden Creek Campground, you have travelled too far.) You can park at this pullout or just across Trail Creek where there is a larger parking area that anglers use. Park at either location.

East Ridge Approach, Class 2

Start your climb on the north side of the large rock outcrop at the base of the ridge, staying on the north side of the short section of fence on the ridge. The first third of the east ridge is steep, but the footing is excellent. The final two thirds of the ridge is mellow as it meanders toward the summit. A good game trail follows along the ridge a lot of the way. You’ll encounter a couple small rock gardens, pass through short sections of forest, and, close to the summit, you’ll easily bypass a couple small rock outcrops.

Our trip was 4.6 miles round trip with 1,969 feet elevation gain.

The meandering east ridge approach. Photo Steve Mandella

The meandering east ridge approach. Photo Steve Mandella

The rocky summit of Peak 8700. Photo Steve Mandella

Approaching the rocky summit of Peak 8700 with the Lost River Range in the background. Photo Steve Mandella.

Climb track - Steve Mandella

Climb track – Steve Mandella

USGS Topo: Harry Canyon

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Boulder Mountains

Longitude: -114.09489   Latitude: 43.97719

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