Shortest distance to the top
There are many options for getting to the top of Chinese Peak, and many options for looping back down on another trail. This trail is the shortest and fastest for hiking. Each of the numbered trails are actually graded roads, which are open to motorcycles, off-road vehicles, bikes, cars, trucks, and so on, between the dates of April 15 and November 15. The gates are closed for vehicles and mechanized travel in winter season.
Chinese Peak was named for a Chinese man who died near the summit in the 1890's. It is the highest peak within the Pocatello Range, which is a small sub-set of peaks within the Portneuf Range. The Portneuf range goes north to south for approximately 60 miles between Blackfoot / Pocatello on the north, and Preston on the south. Chinese Peak had a fire look-out from the 1960's up until 2003. It currently has 5 or 6 radio, satellite, and TV tower stations, each with a small building and some with a fence. If you take a quick look at the satellite pictures, it looks like a small neighborhood got placed right along the ridge.
The trails to Chinese Peak are probably best for a quick hill climb or bike ride that is close to home, and are not the most scenic. The lower parts of the trail have yellow grass, which then becomes mixed with junipers and in some places, sage brush. Near the top are scrub oak and thicker stands of trees. This trail is on the west slope, so it is much dryer and less green than the east slopes.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.