Rock Knoll by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 7,268 ft
Prominence: 1,288

Rock Knoll east view, photo - Steve Mandella

This peak is not in the book.


Rock Knoll sits south of Pocatello, approximately 5 miles southwest of Kinport Peak in the Bannock Mountain Range within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. This peak is most easily accessed from the east.

From Bannock Highway in Pocatello, take Gibson Jack road west to where it ends at a large parking area. Use Gibson Jack Trail FS-014 to access this peak one of two ways.

Rock Knoll summit, with Kinport Peak in the background. photo - Steve Mandella

Rock Knoll summit, with Kinport Peak in the background. photo – Steve Mandella

Gibson Jack – Elk Meadows. Take the Gibson Jack trail southwest and follow it until it ends at a jeep trail, FS-022, at Elk Meadows. Follow FS-022 to the southwest approximately 0.25 miles until an old, revegetated but still discernible, spur trail to the northwest toward the peak is encountered. Follow this spur, which parallels a fence line, as it continues above tree line. Cross the fence and continue to the summit, hiking on a short section of stable talus (approximately 4.7 miles one way).

Gibson Jack – East Ridge. Take the Gibson Jack trail southwest and follow it until the east ridge becomes accessible, at around 5740 ft. Hike off-trail and ascend the ridge as it heads to the west through low shrubs, grasses and rocks until the ridge turns south around 7,100 ft. Continue to the base of the summit block and climb on a short section of talus ledges to the top (approximately 4 miles one way).

Rock Knoll east ridge approach, photo - Steve Mandella

Rock Knoll’s east ridge approach, GPS track – Margo Mandella

Rock Knoll via Peak 7081

Summit both Peak 7081 and Rock Knoll via a loop route that uses Peak 7081’s ascent route and the Rock Knoll’s Gibson Jack – East Ridge route as a descent.

Class 2

USGS Topo: Pocatello South

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Bannock Range

Longitude: -112.4939   Latitude: 42.77279

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