Fremont County High Point Trip Report

Date: August 15, 2001
Author: Ken & Karen Jones

NOTE: This route works, but is not recommended. We believe a much shorter approach can be made via Mile Creek to the north and west, and would have gone that way if the USFS map had not been inaccurate.

Drive: On US Hwy 20 at logical milepost 404.5 (2.3 miles northeast of the junction with Idaho route 87) find the signed road 057 to the Targhee Creek Trailhead. Follow the road 0.9 miles to the large parking area and sign at the trailhead. (Note: Our Targhee NF map showed road 057 continuing north for another 1.5 miles or so - it doesn't.)

Hike: Take lovely trail 027 up Targhee Creek for roughly 8 miles to the saddle between Targhee Peak and the Continental Divide. (Note - we believe this point is also reached by the trail from Mile Creek in Montana, and in much less mileage.) (Note - Our USFS map shows trail 027 heading to the highpoint vicinity from near Clark Lake. It was wrong. The trail winds for about 2 miles of easy grades to the Targhee Peak saddle instead.) From the saddle, follow the ridge north to the highpoint. The going is easy on the ridge (class 1 to 2). The highest point is the middle of the three closed contours, though the northern one is only 2 or 3 feet lower, and only 100 easy meters north. Visit them both to be sure. On our descent, we went east from the northern summit and came back to the trail near Clark Lake.