Squaw Point

Elevation: 8,286 ft
Prominence: 386

This attractive peak is not in the book.Two routes are set out below.


Squaw Point is a rugged granite peak wth a long summit ridge containing two nearly equal high points. This peak is located north of McCall, due south of Josephine Lake and due north of Secesh Summit and FH-21, the Warren Wagon Road. The western point is identified as the true summit by the Lists of John website. John Platt reports the two summits are of equal height and that a summit cairn is found on the eastern summit. I thought the eastern summit looks a bit lower when viewed from the western summit.

The south side of Squaw Point viewed from Peak 7365.

The south side of Squaw Point viewed from Peak 7365.

Squaw Point’s summit ridge. John Platt Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloochman Saddle/West Ridge, Class 2

Squaw Point is easily approached from Cloochman Saddle to the south. The Saddle is reached from the Warren Wagon Road, FH-21 [(B)(2) page 135] and FS-492. Follow the Warren Wagon Road north from ID-55 for almost 23.0 miles. The turn for FS-492 is on the left just 150 feet before the pass. FS-492 leads to Cloochman Saddle in 3.0 miles. The road receives occasional maintenance and should be passable for passenger cars when dry. There are a few camping spots at the roads end.

The beginning of the trail is marked as a mountain bike route.

The beginning of the trail is marked as a mountain bike route.

From Cloochman Saddle FST-142 leads to the peak’s west ridge. This trail has been rebuilt for mountain bikes and is not nearly as steep as the old trail. Follow the trail for 3.0 miles to the spot where it reaches the peak’s west ridge above Josephine Lake.

Looking east toward the summit from the point where the trail reaches the ridge above Josephine Lake.

Looking east toward the summit from the point where the trail reaches the ridge above Josephine Lake.

Turn east and follow the ridge through open forest to the summit in 0.1 miles. The high point is composed of a few granite blocks. Total elevation gain was 1,129 feet.

This map shows the FS=492 and my GPS track to the summit.

This map shows the FS=492 and my GPS track to the summit.

Josephine Lake from the summit with Bear Pete Mountain in the background.

Josephine Lake from the summit with Bear Pete Mountain in the background.

Josephine Lake/North Ridge, Class 2 to eastern summit.

John Platt climbed this route from Josephine Lake. (Use the link below to read John’s trip report.) Access the lake from the Warren Wagon Road, FH-21 [(B)(2) page 135]. Cross over Sesech Summit and turn left in 1.4 miles onto FS-316. (Not signed in 2018) This road is occasionally maintained and although bumpy it should be passable to passenger cars when dry. It is 3.0 miles to the road’s end where there is a parking area and the unsigned trail, FST-296, to the lake begins.

FS-316 and FST-296 (in blue) provide access to Josephine Lake.

FS-316 and FST-296 (in blue) provide access to Josephine Lake.

From the trailhead hike tje trail to the lake and then ascend the north ridge to the peak’s eastern summit. John measured the route at 3.5 miles with 1,255 feet of gain. The ridge line between the two summits appears to cross Class 3 terrain.

John Platt’s GPS track to the east summit.

John Platt’s GPS track to the east summit.

USGS Victor Peak

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -115.97149   Latitude: 45.21769

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