Temple Peak

Elevation: 8,219 ft
Prominence: 639

This peak is not in the book.


With a prominence of 639 feet, Temple Peak was calculated as the steepest of the 19 peaks in Teton County, Idaho by Tim Worth. Rick Baugher has climbed this peak. Rick’s trip report follows. 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 shows the area is crisscrossed by motorized routes. Don’t be fooled. Most of these are challenging trails only passable to expert riders in dry conditions. If in doubt, walk. USGS Temple Peak

Rick Baugher notes:

“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 (8,108 feet), the Madison County HP. Instead, I continued another 3+ miles east on a 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 its northeast side. I left a register, then dropped back to the valley and bushwhacked north to Thousand Springs Mountain (8,300 feet), where another register was placed. There is a 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

The view south to Temple Peak from Thousand Springs Valley (7/12/01). The Northeast Ridge is on the left. From US-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

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Big Hole and Snake River Mountains

Longitude: -111.39411   Latitude: 43.65059

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