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Peak 7027, MT | April, 2017

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(0.2 miles, + 155 feet)

This summit is on USFS land & is covered by the Beaverhead-Deerlodge-Central map.  The area is open to motorized vehicles on designated routes Dec.3 – Oct. 14.

The trailhead may be approached either from the north (Moose Creek / Maiden Rock I-15 exit), or the south (Melrose I-15 exit).  The northern road has two stream crossings that could be problematic during high runoff.  The road from the Melrose exit (Trapper Creek Road) is better. 

I drove in from the North, and drove out using the (reversed) route description below:

From I-15:  Take Exit-93 (Melrose) & head west up the Trapper Creek Road.  Drive 3.4 miles & turn right on the 2-track.  Follow the 2-track north past the impromptu shooting range & continue north about 0.9 miles to a fork.  Turn right & continue onwards.  The road will cross a small irrigation ditch 2 or 3 times.  Head up Dry Hollow Gulch (NNW-ish).  Watch for a turn to the right (NE) while you are in a gully.  The right turn will ascend the gully side to the NE.  Follow this track as it heads towards the Shepard Mountain area – keeping to the left & following the drainage.  The track will enter the timber & turn sharply left.  Park somewhere in this area & hike up to the summit.  The true summit is atop a cliffy pile of rocks that is north of a broad meadow.  There is a nice route through the rocks on the east side.  The summit has very nice views down to the Big Hole River, Maiden Rock Bridge & surrounding areas.

Note that the roads are 4wd, but not particularly rough or difficult.  A map is advisable.

Be sure to also activate W7M/BE-192.  You can return to Dry Hollow Gulch & continue to it’s trailhead easily.