CLEARWATER MOUNTAINS

The Clearwaters are Idaho’s largest mountain grouping and cover most of north central Idaho. These mountains are formed mostly of Idaho Batholith granite, covered in places by scattered deposits of older sedimentary and metamorphic rocks that have yet to erode away. During the Pleistocene ice age alpine glaciers carved cirques and lake basins into the sides of higher Clearwater peaks. … Continue reading

Sheep Mountain Range

The Sheep Mountain Range is located northeast of the town of Headquarters and is situated inside a major bend in the North Fork of the Clearwater River. This minor Clearwater subrange is eight miles long and four miles wide. Eagle Point, at 5,709 feet, is the highest point in this heavily roaded and logged area.

Hoodoo Mountains and the Palouse Range

This minor group of Clearwater summits is separated from the main body of Clearwater peaks to the east by the Saint Maries River. The range is oval-shaped and runs from the river west to the Washington/Idaho border, north to Lake Coeur d’Alene and south to Potlatch. Hoodoo summits are low and rounded and for the most part forested. The highest … Continue reading

Little Goat Mountains

The Little Goat Mountains re a petite subrange of the Clearwater Mountains. The range is located north of Dworshak Reservoir and is roughly 7 miles by 4 miles in size. These granite-based peaks have a northwest-to-southeast orientation and reach their highest point at Blackdome Peak, 6,412 feet. The range has one mountain lake located on the east side of the … Continue reading

Selway Crags / Wounded Doe Ridge

The Selway Crags are found at the southern edge of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area. (This rugged area is discussed in the book beginning on page 64.) This region contains the most extensively glaciated peaks in the central Clearwater Mountains. It is vertical country which is not crowded and is well worth a visit. Chimney Peak and Fenn Mountain are most … Continue reading

East Moscow Mountain

Climbing information for East Moscow Mountain, the lower eastern summit of the Palouse Range highpoint, Moscow Mountain of the Palouse is found on page 60. East Moscow Mountain sits roughly 1.5 miles directly east of Moscow Mountain. The summit is located on a sliver public land and accessed by roads that cross through private land. These access routes have not … Continue reading

Scurvy Mountain

This peak is not in the book. Scurvy Mountain is a fire lookout site with 1,951 feet of prominence. ┬áIt is located between Kelly Creek and Cayuse Creek. The mountain was used as a lookout as early as 1917. The Forest Service states the following about the lookout: “Sixty-one miles northeast of Pierce, Idaho, a basic platform tower was built … Continue reading

Black Mountain

Climbing information for this peak is found on page 63. Black Mountain is the highest point in the Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area, a defacto wilderness, and it has 2,217 feet of prominence. The peak had a fire lookout placed on it’s summit in 1932 and as far as I know it is still in use. The peak can be climbed … Continue reading

South Butte by Ken Jones

This peak is not in the book. South Butte, the highest point of the Monumental Buttes, has 2,307 feet of prominence and thus, it is highly sought by people attempting to climb all of Idaho’s P2K summits. USGS Monumental Buttes Ken Jone’s route follows: Ascent Trip Report Drive: Follow FR 301 to its junction with FR 457. I came from … Continue reading

Stripe Mountain by Ken Jones

This peak is found on pages 73 and 74. Stripe Mountain is the highest point in the Clearwater Mountains and a P2K peak. There is no short way to approach this remote summit. The following trip report is by Ken Jones. Drive: Trailhead is at Salmon Base Camp, a former campground that has burned and is no longer signed or … Continue reading

Bear Mountain 7184 by Dan Saxton

This Clearwater peak is found on page 68. Thanks to Dan Saxton for the following update. This is a bit of a long, but relatively easy trail hike from the Jerry Johnson Hot Springs area. The lower part of the trail goes through a lush forest but higher up enters a burned area where entire slopes were razed – quite … Continue reading

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