Peak 7081 and Rock Knoll Loop by Margo Mandella

Peak 7081 and Rock Knoll can be combined via a 10-mile loop trail, with a few different options. The version described is shown on the track, which uses trail and off-trail hiking.

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 the Upper Gibson Jack trail (FS-015). Follow this trail to about 6,938 ft and turn north, leaving the trail, to reach the summit cairn of Peak 7081.

Return to the trail and use it to descend into Elk Meadows where it ends at jeep road FS-022. Follow FS-022 to the southwest approximately 0.5 miles until an old, revegetated, but still discernable spur trail to the northwest toward Rock Knoll is encountered. Follow this spur, which parallels a fence line, as it continues above tree line. Cross the fence and continue to the summit of Rock Knoll, hiking on a short section of stable talus.

From the summit block, descend north through a short section of rock ledges and follow the ridge, which turns to the east around 7,100 ft. Continue to descend on the ridge through rocks, low shrubs, and grasses looking ahead for the opportunity to connect to FS-014, which becomes more evident as you get lower on the ridge. Once reached, take FS-014 back to the parking lot. This loop is a little more than 10 miles. Class 2.

USGS Topo: Pocatello South

Peak 7081 and Rock Knoll Loop. GPS track - Margo Mandella

Peak 7081 and Rock Knoll Loop. GPS track – Margo Mandella