Copper Mountain 8966

Elevation: 8,966 ft
Prominence: 426

This Sawtooth Mountain peak is not in the book


Copper Mountain is the northwestern most named Sawtooth summit. It rises up above ID-21 west of the point where a road leads west to Bull Trout Lake which is roughly 1.25 miles south of Banner Summit. This peak is ascended often in the winter as the nearby highway offers good access to its broad western slopes and there is a lot of room on open slopes for skiing. While not as popular in the summer, the peak offers an outstanding view point and a relatively short climb.

Like many mountains, Copper Mountain can be reached from numerous directions. I recommend climbing the peak from Newman Creek via its southwest ridge. Newman Creek is accessed from ID-21, 0.35 miles north of the well signed turn for Bull Trout Lake. Turn east off the highway and you will immediately find a large, shallow borrow pit. Park at this point. The southwest ridge rises up directly to the north. It is 2.1 miles and 2,000 feet to the summit from this point.

After a gain of roughly 200 feet you will find you reach the top of the southwest ridge. The ridge is broad at this point but will narrown down as you climb toward the summit. There is a faint game trail much of the way.

After a gain of roughly 200 feet you will find you reach the top of the southwest ridge. The ridge is broad at this point but will narrown down as you climb toward the summit. There is a faint game trail much of the way.

The ridge will eventually open up on its southeastern exposure giving you a view of the summit.

The ridge will eventually open up on its southeastern exposure giving you a view of the summit.

Peak 9220 viewed from the southwest ridge of Copper Mountain.

Peak 9220 viewed from the southwest ridge of Copper Mountain.

Once at the top of the southwest ridge turn east and walk over to the actual summit.

Once at the top of the southwest ridge turn east and walk over to the actual summit.

There is a lot to see from the summit including the Salmon River Mountains to the north and west, the Sawtooth Mountains to the east and south and the White Cloud Peaks to the east. This shot looks back down the southwest ridge.

There is a lot to see from the summit including the Salmon River Mountains to the north and west, the Sawtooth Mountains to the east and south and the White Cloud Peaks to the east. This shot looks back down the southwest ridge.

Copper Mountain viewed from the west.

Copper Mountain viewed from the west.

USGS Banner Summit.

Mountain Range: Sawtooth Range

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -115.20101   Latitude: 44.33189

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