Clay Bank Hills HP by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 5,481 ft
Prominence: 451

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The summit cairn atop Clay Bank Hills HP with the ever-present thick sagebrush nearby. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Clay Bank Hills HP is a rather indistinct scrub hump among many in the Clay Bank Hills. The lower West Side of the mountain is on private land, so avoid that area. The South Ridge Route is entirely on BLM land. It is a rather unpleasant scramble through thick sagebrush and other nasty brush. USGS Magic Reservoir East

The summit cairn atop Clay Bank Hills HP with the ever-present thick sagebrush nearby. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop Clay Bank Hills HP with the ever-present thick sagebrush nearby. Livingston Douglas Photo

South Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 8, 2019

Access

East Magic Reservoir Road (signed) is located 3.7 miles S of US-20 on ID-75. The turnoff is on the W side of ID-75. Drive 2.0 miles W on East Magic Reservoir Road to a cattle guard/fence. Park in a pullout area just before the fence. The fence is the demarcation line between BLM land and posted private land. Stay to the R/E of the fence when climbing the South Ridge. The elevation here is 5,110 feet.

The Climb

From the parking pullout, scramble NE away from the fence and up a steep sagebrush slope to reach the crest of the ill-defined South Ridge. The sagebrush is thick and tall, requiring lots of weaving around. I hope you decided to wear hiking PANTS today. The dead sagebrush will gouge you to no end. The other brush that is mixed in will poke and scrape at you as well. You will despite this short hike RIGHT FROM THE START.

Follow the ridge crest dead N to reach Point 5445. Drop to a minor saddle and continue N a short distance to the scrub-covered summit. There are even a few mountain mahogany up here. The summit has a decent cairn built atop a massive ground boulder which IS the high point of Clay Bank Hills. Return the way you came, being careful to not wander off onto a side shoulder (easy to do) and, for goodness sake, don’t wander too far W and cross into private property. The cattle fence should stop you before you make that mistake.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Snake River Plain

Longitude: -114.33189   Latitude: 43.29669

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