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7695, IDAHO, 7-22-2022

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 Access is gained by taking the Woodruff/Samaria exit from I-15 South of Malad ID (also see below for W7I/SI-084) and heading west on Woodruff Ln. This comes to a tee and becomes a good dirt road, you take a right (north), This continues for a bit then turns west again (no other option) and heads to the base of the mountain. You pass the last farm just before the base. Just after that you pass over a cattle guard and you will be on BLM land. Currently there is an information board and a parking area at the entry. Known as Gardner Canyon Rd. If you happen to have some kind of ORV, this is the place to use it. Other experienced mountain road drivers can continue on the road which is rocky further up and does have some challenges. From the information board to the summit is approximately 7.5 miles.

You do pass a spring with fresh water along the way, (it may be dry later in the year). The road splits at one point with an obviously downward route which you will pass and continue upwards. It will eventually lead to a little saddle after passing below summit W7I/SI-084 (see Wood Benchmark below). Look West from here and you will see a large white water holding tank on a side hill, which is W7I/SI-093. We traveled past the water tank, BLM trail 101, for a couple of hundred yards to a small saddle. The summit will be to your east but easier to access from the ridgeline where you park. Cross the fence, which is still BLM land and proceed a couple of hundred yards to the summit. There is a faint trail going to the top which is exposed but has a lot of rocks for a mast.

Be careful of the fire danger in late summer, early Fall.


Bill N0DNF