Elevation: 8,963 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Peak 8963 sits at the head of Goddard Canyon. In reality, it is just another point (albeit a ranked one) on the long West Ridge of Copper Mountain (10,303 feet). Peak 8963 is a forested peak and is a reasonably easy scramble from the Long Canyon ATV Trail/FST-184 where the trail crosses the West Ridge of Copper Mountain. USGS Copper Mountain
East Shoulder, Class 2
Date of Climb: June 14, 2019
Long Canyon Road is located along ID-28 in the Birch Creek Valley just N of Mile Marker 42, 8.8 miles N of the INL North Boundary, and 1.7 miles S of the North Entrance to Birch Creek Campground. It is signed with a small street sign, so look for it. Drive 2.3 miles up the smooth gravel of Long Canyon Road and park at a signed road junction. The road gets much rougher after this point. The elevation here is 6,520 feet.
From the road junction, hike N up Long Canyon Road/FSR-176 until it becomes Long Canyon Trail/FST-184, an ATV trail/road. Both FSR-176 and FST-184 make for good hiking. After 4 miles of hiking, reach a ridge crossing (the second one) on the West Ridge of Copper Mountain at 8,580 feet. Leave the road here and follow an old 2-track road up the East Ridge of Peak 8963.
This old road soon flames out and becomes a use trail. After the use trail dies out, bushwhack through somewhat open terrain with lots of blowdown to navigate over/around. The forested summit of Peak 8963 has a downed tree laying across the summit boulder/outcrop with a small cairn atop it. I built up this cairn quite a bit with the ample loose talus nearby. The summit high point is in semi-open terrain and the views are somewhat limited.