Temple Peak

Elevation: 8,219 ft

This peak is not in the book.


Temple Peak with a prominence of 639′, was calculated as the steepest of the 19 peaks in Teton County, Idaho by Tim Worth. Rick Baugher has climbed this peak. The following his his trip report.

This mountain is one of several located in the core area of the Big Hole Mountains. A quick glance at the Targhee National Forest travel plan map will show the area criss-crossed by motorized routes. Don’t be fooled. Most of these are challenging trails only passable to expert riders in dry conditions. As always, if in doubt- walk.

On 7/12/01, after a week of monsoon thunderstorms kept me laying low, I drove/rode FSR 218 14 miles from Kelly Canyon to the trailhead facility at Moody Swamp. This also happens to be the start point for a hike to Red Butte 8108′, the Madison County HP. Instead, I continued another 3+ miles east on good fun ATV trail into Thousand Springs Valley. From here it was a short but steep cross country hike/scramble south to Temple Peak by the NE side. Left a register, then dropped back to the valley and bushwhacked north to ‘Thousand Springs Mountain’ el 8300′, where another register was placed. Good interior view of the main Big Hole peaks from here.

View S to Temple Peak from Thousand Springs Valley. NE ridge seen on left, 7/12/01. From US Hwy 26 along Antelope Flat you get one good fleeting view of Temple Peak. Otherwise, this is a shy one, preferring to stay hidden. Rick Baugher Photo

View S to Temple Peak from Thousand Springs Valley. NE ridge seen on left, 7/12/01. From US Hwy 26 along Antelope Flat you get one good fleeting view of Temple Peak. Otherwise, this is a shy one, preferring to stay hidden. Rick Baugher Photo

Mountain Range: Big Hole and Snake River Mountains

Longitude: -111.39411   Latitude: 43.65059

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