Council Mountain

Elevation: 8,126 ft
Prominence: 2,306

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Climbing and access information for this peak is on Page 106 of the book. The access information has changed a bit over the years. New route information contributed by Ken Jones is found below. Updated June 2019

This is the nicest summit in the northern section of the West Mountains. USGS Council Mountain

Council Mountain. John Platt Photo.

Council Mountain. John Platt Photo

Update by Ken Jones


From Donnelly, ID and ID-55, drive to the Deseret Cabin Trailhead. From Donnelly, go west on Roseberry Road (on the north side of the Sinclair station). Follow this road 3.6 miles and turn right onto West Mountain Road. Zero your odometer here. At 1.2 miles, bear left onto No Business Road. At 4.8 miles, keep right on FSR-186. At 7.1 miles, turn right onto FSR-425. At 11.9 miles, turn left onto FSR-165. At 13.0 miles, keep right (don’t go left onto FSR-166). At 13.3 miles, stay straight where FSR-172 goes right. At 14.2 miles, there is a signed junction to the Deseret Cabin/FST-201 trailhead. Passenger cars should be able to get here in dry conditions. If you can, drive the road south to the trailhead one mile farther. High clearance may be necessary, depending upon recent road maintenance or lack thereof.

Route, Class 1-2

Hike up signed FST-201, which starts as an ATV trail, to the ridge overlooking Granite Basin. Turn right at the signed junction toward the “Council Mountain Trail” another 1/4-mile southwest. At this junction, you don’t want the Council Mountain Trail but the unmapped (on my topo, anyway) but signed Sheep Creek Trail which climbs to the Northwest Ridge of Council Mountain and goes to the base of the peak before dropping south and west. Leave the trail at this point and walk to the summit. The hike is 8.7 miles with 1,900 feet of elevation gain round trip.

Ken Jone’s GPS track.

Ken Jones’ GPS track.

Council Mountain viewed from the southeast.

Mountain Range: West Mountains

Year Climbed: 1998

Longitude: -116.2693   Latitude: 44.7107

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