Elevation: 8,565 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published July 2019
The highest point on Deep Creek Ridge is located southwest of Williams Creek Summit. This peak is almost completely tree covered. What makes it interesting is that its slopes are crisscrossed by crosscountry ski trails that can be reached from Williams Creek Summit even in the dead of winter. USGS Lake Mountain
[See (H)(1) and (2) page 142 updated here] Drive south from Salmon and the junction of US-93/ID-28 on US-93 for 4.9 miles. Turn west, cross the Salmon River and follow FS-021 for 13.0 steep miles to Williams Creek Summit. This road is paved at first and then a well maintained, gravel road that is plowed in the winter. From Williams Creek Summit turn south onto the Salmon River Mountain Ridge Road, FS-020. Follow,FS-20 for less than a mile to a saddle at 8,141 feet where the road forks. Park here.
East Ridge, Class 1+
A signed crosscountry ski trail begins by the fork in the road. We followed the trail, and occasional blue diamond markers west until the route became less than clear. After proceeding a short distance we once again found the trail and then quickly encountered a signed junction. Take the left fork which traverses south and then climbs steeply up the ridge. We eventually left the trail and walked through the forest to the high point. The route was 2.0 miles round trip with 420 feet of gain.
This link will take you to the Forest Service’s inadequate page for this X-C trail: Deep Creek Ridge Trail 6320 We did see evidence of recent trail maintenance. I suspect there is additional written information covering this trail system but I have yet to find it.
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