The Seven Devils Mountains extend along the Idaho/Oregon border for roughly 40 miles between the towns of Whitebird and Council and are bounded by the Snake River on the west and the Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers on the east. The range, which ranks high among Idaho’s mountain chains in terms of ruggedness and scenic quality, is the state’s most precipitous … Continue reading

Horse Heaven Peak

This peak is not in the book. Horse Heaven Peak has a broad summit traversed by a trail and a cabin on it’s summit. Class one via the trail. Use the link below to read Tom Cox’s trip report which gives all the information you need to reach the summit. USGS Topo: He Devil … Continue reading

Pyramid Peak 8380

This peak is not in the book. Pyramid Peak towers over Black Lake in the southern Seven Devils. The peak can be climbed from the lake by following the Six Lakes Basin Trail from the lake to the pass on the peak’s northwest ridge. The Black Lake Road will get you to the lake. USGS Topo: Purgatory Saddle … Continue reading

Pyramid Benchmark 8401

This peak is not in the book. This peak is one of twelve Idaho peaks with the word “pyramid” in its name. Three of the Pyramids are found in the Seven Devils Mountain Range.  Go figure. This one sits just south of another Pyramid Peak which has 280 feet of prominence. The third one is found farther north. Climb the peak … Continue reading

Echols Peak

This peak is not in the book. Echols Peak is an attractive summit that is located north of Purgatory Peak and west of the Black Lake Road. I have not talked to anyone who has climbed this peak. However, based on my observations, it looks as though the best way to reach the peak is via Forest Service Trail #187, … Continue reading

Peak 8180 (Purgatory Peak)

This peak is not in the book. Peak 8180, sometimes refered to as Purgatory Peak, sits east of the Black Lake Road and north of Smith Mountain. This peak covers a lot of space and has four high points. Two of the high points are so close in elevation that it is impossible to determine which is higher without sophisticated … Continue reading

Smith Mountain

Climbing information for this peak is found on page 103. Smith Mountain is the southern most Seven Devils summit to reach above 8,000 feet. The summit has a Forest Service lookout, which is available for emergency use. Access is via the Black Lake Road. A road leaves the Black Lake Road and climbs to the summit in 0.7 miles with … Continue reading

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