Elevation: 5,334 ft
Climbing and access information for this P2K peak is found on page 60.
By my count there are 44 Idaho summits that incorporate the word “Bald” in their name and 10 peaks named Bald Mountain. This one does not really have any features that make it stand out in this crowded field and as I note in the book, a road reaches the summit of this fire lookout site. Nevertheless it has a couple of claims to fame. First, it is one of the 100 Idaho peaks with greater than 2,000 feet of Prominence. Second, it is both the highest point in the Hoodoo subrange of the Clearwatrer Mountains and the highest point in Latah County. You can reach the summit via a long hiking route through a few clearcuts and some rather impressive forest.
Bald Mountain Lookout was built in 1956 and was used as a fire lookout until 1984. The lookout is available to rent from early July through Mid-October. The peak is one of the highest peak in the Hoodoo Mountains, and it’s heavily forested with a mix of larch, red cedar, hemlock, western white pine, Douglas fir and Engelmann spruce.
I climbed the peak via the Beason Meadows Trail FS-228 which starts at Giant White Pine CG and runs for 8.9 miles to a junction with Strychnine Ridge Trail FS-319 about a half mile from the summit. is just southwest of the lookout. Follow this trail the final distance to the summit.
To reach the summit by road take ID-6 through Potlatch and continue for 22 miles to a right turn on FS-377, the Palouse Divide Road. Take this rough single lane road for approximately 8.0 miles to the junction with FS-377A. Turn onto FS-377A and follow it for 1.0 miles to the Lookout.
See the book and the links below for additional details.