Elevation: 8,817 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2023
Peak 8817 is a forested hill that is located east of Yellowjacket Lake and southeast of the Bighorn Crags. It is most easily climbed via its north ridge from FSR-114/Yellowjacket Lake Road. This bushwhack is not difficult. 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 road 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. Go straight/south onto FSR-114 and drive to a minor pullout just after the road bends right/west and begins to head downhill. Park at this pullout (8,220 feet; 45⁰05’07”N, 114⁰30’01”W). If there was a pullout, I would have parked at the bend in the road as it provides more of a direct line to the north ridge of Peak 8817.
North Ridge, Class 2
From the roadside pullout, bushwhack southeast through undulating, easy pine forest to reach a small saddle at the base of the north ridge. Scramble southwest then south up through a reasonable pine forest to reach the summit. The ridge terrain is a mix of live pines, some deadfall, field grass, and some ridge rock that can be skirted on its right/west side. The summit of Peak 8817 is a mix of large boulders and pine trees. It has a USGS benchmark (surprising) and a triangulation post/wiring. There is no summit cairn. The summit offers only partial views due to the surrounding pine forest.