Hitt Mountain

Elevation: 7,402 ft

Hitt Mountain is found on page 103.


Hitt Mountain is the second highest summit in the Hitt Mountains. It is located roughly 2.5 miles south of Sturgill Peak, the range’s high point. The peak is most easily reached from the broad saddle between it and Sturgill Peak. This saddle can be reached from several directions but I recommend utilizing the Sturgill Peak Road.  This road is accessible from US-95 10.0 miles north of Weiser. The road is signed at the highway as the Mann Creek Road. Follow the road past a reservoir and into the forest where you will pass campgrounds and a sign pointing you toward the lookout. The saddle is 16.0 miles from the highway. Google Maps works well getting you to this destination if you ask for directions to Sturgill Peak.

Hitt Peak from the north.

Hitt Peak from the north.

Park on the saddle. You now must follow the ridge south. This can be accomplished by either crossing through the fence and follow the road descending down off the saddle or using a combination of game trails and the ridge road. If you decide to use the road the entire distance your walk will be longer. The road off the saddle will junction with the ridge road in 0.5 miles and turn back south to parallel the ridge leading to Hitt Mountain.

I recomend following the fence line south using a game trail which will lead you across the west side of the ridge to the first saddle south along the ridge. Rejoin the road at this point and follow it to the second saddle. From this saddle, you can continue on the road or follow the fence line or follow a good game trail across the west side of the ridge to the third saddle. This last option involves the least up and down. The ridge road is likely to be clogged in places with snow into late June but the ridge top may be melted out as early as Memorial Day.

The road that follows the ridge south from just south of Sturgill Peak is longer than following the game trails. This photo is from the summit of Hitt and shows much of the ridge. The road, where visible, is shown in red as is the traverse I followed between on the west side of the ridge to avoid climbing over one of the intermediate high points.

The road that follows the ridge south from just south of Sturgill Peak is longer than following the game trails. This photo is from the summit of Hitt and shows much of the ridge. The road, where visible, is shown in red as is the traverse I followed between on the west side of the ridge to avoid climbing over one of the intermediate high points.

The game trails I followed were in good shape. You will pass through three saddles to reach the peak’s north ridge. The route is Class 2 up this ridge. The south ridge is also Class 2.

Jon Fredland on the summit. John left a register in the summit cairn.

Jon Fredland on the summit. John left a register in the summit cairn.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Cuddy and Hitt Mountains

Year Climbed: 2016

Longitude: -116.92569   Latitude: 44.59409

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