Bear Valley Mountain

Elevation: 8,280 ft
Prominence: 1,231

Bear Valley Mountain summit contains one of the scariest fire lookouts I have visited.

This peak is not in the book.


It is located in the southern  reaches of central section of the Salmon River Mountains. It rise abruptly above gigantic Bruce Meadows and offers a great view of the surrounding area, much of which has burned in the last 20 years. The lookout is no longer used and looks like it could topple at any time but the road to the top is in good shape for mountain biking, which is my preferred way to climb this peak. The summit is roughly 3.5 miles from the Deer Flat Guard Station with a 1,900 foot elevation gain.

Bear Valley Mountain summit.

Bear Valley Mountain summit.

Access the the road to the summit (FS-583) from the Deer Flat Guard Station which is on FS-579 (C)(1). Additional access information can be found in the book on page 138.

 

USGS Bear Valley Mountain.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Central Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2012

Longitude: -115.38159   Latitude: 44.45801

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Bear Valley Mountain summit contains one of the scariest fire lookouts I have visited.
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