Elevation: 8,900 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2022
Peak 8900 is located at the head of Fox Creek, Rooks Creek, and Adams Gulch in the Smoky Mountains. It is most easily reached from East Fork Baker Creek Road, a narrow but drivable road from Baker Creek Road. Forest Service Trails will get you close to the peak. USGS Boyle Mountain
Drive 7.8 miles up East Fork Baker Creek Road/FSR-168 to a saddle at the signed trailhead for the Fox Peak Connector Trail/FST-938 (8,320 feet). GPS coordinates: 43⁰44’00”N, 114⁰30’28”W.
North Ridge, Class 2
From the trailhead, hike 0.9 miles on FST-938 south to reach a saddle and a signed trail junction. Go left/east onto the Adams Rib Trail/FST-142 and follow it to where it crosses the north ridge of Peak 8900. Leave the trail and scramble steeply (initially) to reach the semi-open, forested summit area. The high point is a large boulder that is located on a small ridge. There is a small summit cairn atop the boulder.
Northwest Face, Class 2
From the summit, descend northwest directly at the connecting saddle with Fox Peak (9,180 feet). The northwest face is forested with field grass and blowdown (much of it charred). Reach FST-142 near the saddle and follow it to the saddle and signed trail junction. This concludes the first leg of today’s 2-peak journey. Fox Peak is up next.