Howard Mountain by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 5,860 ft
Prominence: 513

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View of the true summit of Howard Mountain, which is to the left and has only one [albeit very tall] antenna. Photo taken from Point 5833. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019


Howard Mountain is the northernmost ranked summit in the Bannock Range. It is located west of Pocatello on a long North-to-South ridgeline that comes up from Kinport Peak. Like its neighbor to the south, Howard Mountain is clad with several antenna installations. It is a short, easy scramble from Trail Creek Road. The Southwest Summit is the high point, NOT the Northeast [named] Summit. USGS Michaud Creek

View of the true summit of Howard Mountain, which is to the left and has only one [albeit very tall] antenna. Photo taken from Point 5833. Livingston Douglas Photo

View of the true summit of Howard Mountain, which is to the left and has only one [albeit very tall] antenna. Photo taken from Point 5833. Livingston Douglas Photo

South Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: May 20, 2019

Access

From the junction of Foothills Boulevard and Trail Creek Road in Pocatello, drive W on Trail Creek Road (signed) for 2.6 miles to reach the ridge crest and an unsigned junction. Turn R/N and drive 0.2 mile on a service road to reach a large, flat parking area that is on public land. The elevation here is 5,450 feet.

The Climb

From the parking area, scramble NNW then N to the top of Point 5841. The terrain here is steep field grass. Point 5841 is a rocky point with some field grass and brush mixed in. Continue N on the narrow ridge to reach the summit high point. There is a simple antenna facility and shack on the true summit. This is one of the EASIEST ranked summits in the State of Idaho.

The antenna facility atop the [lower] Northeast Summit is far more impressive. You might actually find cattle grazing up here on a plateau between the true summit (the Southwest Summit) and the Northeast Summit. Welcome to Idaho: Land of the Free and Home of the Cattle.

Northeast Face (Descent), Class 1

Access

Same as for the South Ridge Route.

The Descent

From the Southwest Summit, descend slightly NE then follow a service road E to reach the antenna installations on the E side of the mountain. Make a cell phone call or two with the towers nearby then descend the service road (which cuts between the Southwest Summit and the Northeast Summit) back to your parked vehicle.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Bannock Range

Longitude: -112.51839   Latitude: 42.86259

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