Camp Howard Ridge

Elevation: 6,065 ft
Prominence: 1,765

Camp Howard Ridge viewed from the south. John Platt Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published May 2020


Camp Howard Ridge is the last major summit at the northern end of the Seven Devil Mountains. As a result of its seventeen hundred plus feet of prominence it is a great perch to view this seldom visited corner of Idaho. Mike Hays reports that this peak “it’s the highest point near the Idaho border from Cold Springs to the Selkirk Mountains over 100 miles to the north. It rises abruptly over the Snake and Salmon Canyons, two of the deepest canyons in North America.“  John Platt relates from the summit there are “Crazy views in all directions.” USGS Grave Point

Camp Howard Ridge viewed from the south. John Platt Photo

Camp Howard Ridge viewed from the south. John Platt Photo

Access

Primary access is via FS-493, Pittsburgh Landing Road [(A)(2) Page 104]. Turn onto FS-493F roughly 0.5 miles below Pittsburgh Saddle. Follow this spur road north as it skirts around Peak 4820 to the main Seven Devil crest at Motthorn Saddle. Park here. (Note there is complicated road access from the north to the top of Camp Howard Ridge. Contributor Mike Hays recommends climbing the peak from the south. However, he has described the northern road access on a SummitPost entry which is linked below.)

South Ridge, Class 2+

John Platt followed the ridge from Pittsburgh Saddle over Peak 4820 (with a diversion to Wild Horse Butte along the way) to this summit. His trip report is linked below. The shortest way to hike the south ridge is to start on Motthorn Saddle. The walk from this saddle is 2.9 miles one way with 2,148 feet of elevation gain and 525 feet of elevation loss.

The route from Motthorn Saddle to the summit.

The route from Motthorn Saddle to the summit.

John Platt’s GPS track for his three peak outing. His round trip started and ended on Pittsburgh Saddle and encompassed 10.6 miles and a total elevation gain of 4,255 feet.

John Platt’s GPS track for his three peak outing. His round trip started and ended on Pittsburgh Saddle and encompassed 10.6 miles and a total elevation gain of 4,255 feet.

Camp Howard Ridge. Mike Hays Photo

Camp Howard Ridge. Mike Hays Photo

Mountain Range: Seven Devil Mountains

Longitude: -116.42369   Latitude: 45.70949

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