Hoodoo Mountain

Elevation: 5,119 ft
Prominence: 2,814

This peak is not in the book.

This P2K summit is one of the least know two thousand foot prominence peaks in Idaho. It is located near the southern end of the Idaho Selkirks south of the Pend Oreille River. The peak is almost completely privately owned.

Hoodoo Mountain. Ken Jones Photo

Access and Route Information by Ken Jones

This was a drive-up with high clearance. It would take a skilled and aggressive driver to get a passenger sedan up the last mile and a half or so (above the turn just above 4400′) but we saw a small car on its way down so apparently it can be done.

We left Highway 41 turning northeast onto the Clagstone Cutoff (signed), turned sharp left after almost a mile onto the Blanchard Cutoff (mapped in Benchmark Atlas, I think there was a sign), and turned right (north) onto USFS road 2550 (small green sign reading “2550” that was almost hidden among a number of other, larger signs). All this can be seen on the GPS track/map set out below.

The GPS track shows our driving route. There were no postings, and I believe that this is a public right-of-way to access USFS lands. Two notes – (1) there is a gate at about 3400′, open at the time of our visit, and (2) just before the left fork leading to the peak there is a logging spur with a gate on the left (also open at the time of our visit) – we headed down this briefly before realizing it was not the summit road.

In season, with the gates open, a passenger car should be fairly comfortable to drive to 4400′ and high clearance vehicles should be able to get to or right below the summit.

Ken Jones’ GPS track.

USGS Blanchard

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Selkirk Mountains

Longitude: -116.95359   Latitude: 48.07859

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