Elevation: 7,297 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018
East Hill sits directly above Georgetown and offers a birds-eye view of the town. The summit has a repeater antenna (+ solar panel) and another antenna; both antennas are at the southwest edge of the tilted summit plateau. That point is where the 7,297-foot elevation was measured (according to the USGS topo map); however, it is not the high point, which lies in the sagebrush to the northeast. East Hill has areas of private land, so be sure to obtain permission from the landowner before tackling either the East Ridge Route or the North Slopes Route. USGS Georgetown
Date of Climb: September 2, 2018
East Ridge, Class 2
From the signed turnoff on Highway 30 in the center of the bustling metropolis of Georgetown, ID, turn E onto Georgetown Canyon Road (which is called Stringtown Road within the city limits). Drive up the road to a junction at 2.3 miles (LEFT is CR-1095/Left Hand Fork Road; STRAIGHT is Georgetown Canyon Road/FSR-102). Go straight; the road changes from paved to gravel here. At 3.1 miles, you will see an unmarked dirt road on the R/S side of the road. This is the Right Fork Road/FSR-225. Park here. The elevation at this junction is 6,290 feet. FSR-225 is a narrow jeep road that is not suitable for most vehicles.
The route begins at the junction of Georgetown Canyon Road and the Right Fork Road/FSR-225. Hike up the Right Fork Road for 0.9 mile to a [signed] junction with FST-522, an ATV trail on the R/S side of the road. This trail is NOT shown on the USGS topo map. Follow FST-522 as it climbs diagonally up to a saddle (6,980 feet). This saddle sits at the base of the East Ridge.
From the 6,980-foot saddle, hike up an old two-track jeep road until it morphs into a footpath. The footpath comes and goes but it does help expedite the ridge ascent through the desert scrub. After skirting the R/N side of Point 7232 and descending westward to a minor saddle, pick up a two-track jeep road (perhaps a service road for the antennas on the summit) and follow it to the summit plateau. I found nothing on top (except for the two antennas + solar panel). I believe that the high point is not at the location of the antennas but is on or near the two-track jeep road at, or close to, its entry point onto the plateau. This point is covered with sagebrush and is located northeast of the antennas.
North Slopes, Class 2+ —DESCENT
Same as for the East Ridge Route. Ascend the East Ridge Route to the summit. The North Slopes descent route begins at the summit of East Hill.
From the summit, descend northward on open terrain (sagebrush). The terrain becomes an open forest with lots of blowdown and desert scrub/veg to contend with. Stay on a face/shoulder to the R/E of a gully that is clogged with excessive blowdown and requires side-hilling. Avoid that stuff. You will discover some short sections of open terrain hidden in the forest as you descend. Bashing through the brush isn’t a picnic, but it sure beats getting tangled up and slowed down by fallen timber.
As you descend farther, angle NE and intercept an unmarked jeep road. Cross it and continue downward in a NE direction. You will soon cross the same unmarked jeep road, only now it seems to be headed in the right direction to dump you out on the Right Fork Road/FSR-225 on the canyon floor. Go L/N onto the jeep road and follow it N then NE as it drops to FSR-225. You won’t spend much time on this road (about 5-7 minutes). Walk N on FSR-225 for about five minutes to return to Georgetown Canyon Road, where you are parked.
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