East Mountain

Elevation: 7,748 ft
Prominence: 1,608

The 1914 lookout in 2001. John Platt Photo

Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 117. The route in the book covers hiking approaches. The route below covers the road approach. Published June 2019


East Peak is the highest point in the North Fork Range, a subrange of the Salmon River Mountains. It is one of the most outstanding view points in Idaho. It is no surprise that that the Forest Service placed a fire lookout on its summit in 1914. Unfortunately, the lookout was hit by lightning in 2002 and burned.

The views from the summit includes, the West Mountains, Cascade Reservoir, the Seven Devils, the Middle Fork Payette River, the Salmon River Mountains, the Sawtooths and the Boise Mountains.

The lookout ruins in 2019.

The lookout ruins in 2019.

The view toward tje Sawtooth Range.

The view toward tje Sawtooth Range.

The broad summit of East Mountain.

The broad summit of East Mountain.

Looking west to the West Mountains.

Looking west to the West Mountains.

The 1914 lookout in 2001. John Platt Photo

The 1914 lookout in 2001. John Platt Photo

Access and Route, Class 1

The western slopes of the North Fork Range in the vicinity of East Mountain are traversed by the FS-417 road system. Google Maps will provide directions to the lookout from ID-55 which are effective although a bit obtuse. The road system climbs nearly 3,000 feet to the summit and, thus, there are a lot of steep pitches.

The FS-417 road system can be reached from two spots along FS-409, the Clear Creek Road, The longer southern access point is signed for the lookout, the northern is not signed. The northern approach is the shorest and steepest. Both the northern and southern approaches traverse private property at first and are roughly maintained through the private property. Once on the Forest, the road quality improves. Nevertheless, a 4WD is recommended.

The road system is accurately shown on the Forest Service topos. The final section the FS-417 road system is designated FS-417f. FS-417f is a rough, rutted in places, road which leads the last 1.5 miles to the summit with around 900 feet of gain.

My GPS track for the last 0.75 miles to the summit.

My GPS track for the last 0.75 miles to the summit.

 

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2019

Longitude: -115.87019   Latitude: 44.44201

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