Iron Bog Peak

Date of trip: 08/19/2017

Mileage: 6.2 Miles

Elevation Gain: 2811 Feet

Time: 4:20 Hours

Class: 2

Partners: Carrie

GPS Track: View Here

Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Iron Bog Peak10820480PioneerArco, IdahoNoNo43.6651, -113.8524

Trip Report

It was "eclipse 2017" weekend. Carrie and I had thought of 20 different trip ideas and just couldn't decide... Sawtooths backpacking, Sunset Peak in the Lost Rivers, Ocalkens Lake in the White Clouds, yada yada yada.

Finally we decided on a trip to the Copper Basin area would work.

Carrie hasn't fished much all year, so our first stop was Iron Bog Lake. After an hour hike to the lake, Carrie fished, while I scrambled up Iron Bog Peak (aka Peak 10820).

I left the lake and hiked due north. For the first 1000 feet of gain, I mostly side-hilled until reaching a prominent dry wash at around 10,000 feet. I then climbed up the wash until around 10,400 feet. Here I saw about 8 mountain goats grazing on the south facing slopes of the peak.

For some reason I had it in my head that the highest point was further west, so I headed climber's left and towards the only rocky terrain around. Turns out the peak was basically straight above me before, so this choice in route just added distance.

Although it was a bit smoky, the views were pretty good on top. Especially of the ridge running north towards Alcyon Peak and Atlas Peak.

On the way down, I pretty much just followed the fall line (drainage) which led me back to the dry wash and then eventually to a creek with abundant flowers surrounding it. The creek led me past several tarns and eventually to Iron Bog Lake. This was a much better route scenery and footing-wise.

While I was gone, Carrie had killed it on the fishing. In the 2 hours I was gone, she caught 5 or 6 cutthroats, all 12 inches or longer.

Turned out to be a great day in the mountains for both of us!


Getting There

10 miles north of Arco turn left onto the unsigned Antelope Creek Road. Follow signs to the Iron Bog Campground (about 23 miles in). Just past the campground, take the left fork to Iron Bog trailhead (signed intersection). It is another 6.5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

I would say high clearance is mandatory, but there was a low slung car at the trailhead upon our return from the lake. I still highly recommend it!


Hiking Directions

Hike to Iron Bog Lake, then turn north and follow the mellow slopes to the top of Iron Bog Peak.


Photos

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Hiking into Iron Bog Lake
Hiking into Iron Bog Lake
Iron Bog Peak
Iron Bog Peak
Cool dry creek bed around 10k
Cool dry creek bed around 10k
Mountain goats south face of Iron Bog Peak
Mountain goats south face of Iron Bog Peak
Goats on the south face of Iron Bog Peak
Goats on the south face of Iron Bog Peak
Final section of the south ridge
Final section of the south ridge
Looking north toward Alcyon Peak
Looking north toward Alcyon Peak
Looking south from the summit at Pion, Err, and Argosy Peaks
Looking south from the summit at Pion, Err, and Argosy Peaks
Looking east from the summit
Looking east from the summit
Creek heading towards Iron Bog Lake
Creek heading towards Iron Bog Lake
Meadow above Iron Bog Lake
Meadow above Iron Bog Lake
Carrie on the hike out
Carrie on the hike out
One of Carrie's Fish at Iron Bog Lake
One of Carrie's Fish at Iron Bog Lake
One of Another of Carrie's Fish at Iron Bog Lake
One of Another of Carrie's Fish at Iron Bog Lake




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