Elevation: 7,988 ft
This former fire lookout site is not in the book. Livingston Douglas hiked to the summit of this peak from a nearby peak as set out below. However, you can drive to the summit or ride a mountain bike to the top. From ID-75 in Bellevue, turn east onto Pine Street and follow it to a junction with the Sharps Canyon Road in 5.9 miles. Turn right onto this road, which leads to the top in another 4.1 miles. A 4WD is recommended. Published December 2019
Date of Climb: June 10, 2019
Bell Mountain sits at the head of Sharps Canyon. It is adorned with several antenna installations. Bell Mountain has a road to the top. This area is a patchwork of BLM land, State of Idaho land, and private land. Consult the BLM Fairfield map to stay out of trouble. USGS Little Wood River Reservoir
West Ridge, Class 2
From the junction of ID-75 and Pine Street in Bellevue, drive E on Pine Street (which becomes Muldoon Canyon Road) for 5.9 miles to an unsigned junction with Sharps Canyon Road, a BLM road. Park near this junction in a pullout area (5,800 feet).
This climb is the final leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 7921 to Bell Mountain. From the road junction (and ridge saddle) at the head of Sharps Canyon, hike briefly up the Bell Mountain jeep road ESE to reach the crest of the West Ridge and a cattle guard/fence. Scramble E up the ridge, following the fence row initially. The terrain here is angled, thick scrub. The cattle fence ends at a crossing of the Bell Mountain jeep road at 7,800 feet. Cross the road and continue climbing E up the ridge to near the summit. Hike up the jeep road briefly to reach the summit. The summit of Bell Mountain has 2 repeater antennas on top. There is no summit cairn.
North Ridge, Class 2+
Same as for the West Ridge Route. This is the first leg of a ridge traverse from Bell Mountain to Peak 7374.
From the summit, descend the ridge northward, crossing the Bell Mountain jeep road early on. The open scrub terrain soon gives way to a charred forest. This forest is a mess of downed, burnt logs with thick brush mixed in and is difficult to bushwhack through. It is best to stay on the ridge crest or on its R/E side for easiest going through this menagerie of mayhem.
Eventually, you reach an open saddle at 6,940 feet. The Sharps Canyon BLM Road skirts the L/W side of the ridge here. Follow the road briefly northward to another saddle where the road makes a very sharp L/W turn. This saddle is at 6,860 feet and is the low point between Bell Mountain and Peak 7374. It is the terminus of the North Ridge of Bell Mountain.