Elevation: 5,860 ft
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
South Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: May 20, 2019
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.
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
Same as for the South Ridge Route.
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.