Hawley Mountain 7301

Elevation: 7,301 ft
Prominence: 2,081

The summit of Hawley Mountain. Dan Robbins Photo

This peak is not in the book.


Another Idaho peak with a road to the top which services a fire lookout which is no longer in use. The lookout which was built in 1935 is still standing. Hawley Mountain has 2,000 feet of prominence and is an excellent point to view a big chunk of Idaho. As a result, it sees a lot peakbaggers as well as vehicle ascents. Since, I find hiking roads tedious, I recommend ascending this peak with a mountain bike. You can make the ride as long or as short as you like.

The summit of Hawley Mountain. Dan Robbins Photo

The summit of Hawley Mountain. Dan Robbins Photo

Approach the peak from Horseshoe Bend. From the south end of town take the paved and then gravel road east to Harris Creek Summit. This road is signed for Placerville. It is 13, well graded miles to Harris Creek Summit.

At the summit, turn onto FS-374 which runs north along a ridge system to the lookout. This road will require a high clearance vehicle in a couple of spots. It is 10.4 miles to the lookout. Park as close or as far away as you like and follow the road to the summit.

As an alternative to ascending the peak via the road, you could drive to the lookout, then climb Peak 7201 which sits north of Hawley Mountain and when you return to your car you will accomplish a hiking ascent of Hawley.

Hawley Mountain from Peak 7201.

Hawley Mountain from Peak 7201.

USGS Harris Creek Summit

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Boise Mountains

Year Climbed: 2016, 2017

Longitude: -116.03059   Latitude: 43.99229

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