Elevation: 8,764 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2023
Peak 8764 is a forested hill that is located southeast of the Bighorn Crags and the Crags Campground. It is easily climbed from FSR-113 by either its southeast ridge or, preferably, by its south ridge. The ascent to the top via the south ridge takes only 3-4 minutes in an easy forest bushwhack with only 35 feet of uphill. USGS Hoodoo Meadows
From Panther Creek Road, drive west up FSR-112/Porphry Creek Road for 6.8 miles to a signed 4-way road junction. From the junction, head right/north up FSR-113 for a rugged, rutted 8.3 miles to a signed junction with FSR-114/Yellowjacket Lake Road. The road bends west then south along the way. Turn right/northwest to stay on FSR-113/Bighorn Crags Road and drive 0.4 miles to a pullout at a sharp left/southwest bend in the road. Park here(8,495 feet; 45⁰05’38”N, 114⁰30’17”W) for the Southeast Ridge Route.
If possible, continue another 0.4 miles to a crest in the road where the road crosses the south ridge of Peak 8764. Park in a nice pullout area here (8,730 feet; 45⁰05’31”N, 114⁰30’44”W) for the South Ridge Route. The final 0.4 miles to this pullout are steep, rocky, somewhat rutted, and rough.
Southeast Ridge, Class 2
From the parking pullout, walk briefly up FSR-113 then head right/north onto the obvious, forested southeast ridge. Follow it up to the flat, forested summit cap. The ridge terrain is a mix of live pines, some deadfall, and grass. It goes pretty quickly. I located a few potential high points in the semi-open forest but could not find the USGS benchmark nor a definitive high point. I did find a collection of large boulders with a small cairn. I believe that this spot is probably where the USGS benchmark used to reside before it disappeared. I added several rocks to the summit cairn to make it easier to spot for future climbers.
South Ridge, Class 2
From the parking pullout, bushwhack north then north-northeast in an easy pine forest without much deadfall to reach the cairned high point. I searched around for a USGS benchmark in the area shown on the USGS topo map but was unable to find one.