Elevation: 10,380 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is found on pages 304 and 305.
Big Windy Peak is situated on the main Lemhi crest, south of Sheep Mountain and just north of Trail Peak. The peak’s summit area is the largest that I know of in Idaho. It’s hard to figure out where the high point is on the open expanse that comprises the summit. See the Spring Mountain Canyon Road page for access details. A road leads almost to its lofty summit. The peak was used as a fire lookout in the 1930s. Climb the peak via a short walk from the road on its northern side.
Use this link to read the updated access information: Big Windy Access
Ray Brooks provided the following trip report.
I blush to admit to the forum that my only mountain this year is 10,390 Ft. Big Windy Peak in the Lemhi Range. However, I did not ride an ATV to the summit plateau. I parked my 4-Runner at 10,000 Ft. and defied the local ethic (“it ain’t worth going if you can’t drive there”) by walking a mile to the summit.
The fire lookout question?
Rick Baugher has a short but interesting write-up on the subject of Idaho fire lookouts on the Idaho A Climbing Guide website. He notes there were 36 lookouts above 9,000 Ft.
Big Windy Peak has a huge summit plateau, but just south of the north-most high-point I found what appears to be the remains of an early 1900’s tent cabin. There is also a fallen telephone pole with missing insulators. A very well defined trail leads a few feet to the summit.
No mines are closely adjacent.
Several old telephone poles are still standing in the upper Squaw Creek drainage, that goes down to Little Lost River.
Anyone have an opinion?