Illinois Peak

Elevation: 7,690 ft

This peak is found on page 85.

This peak is the highest point in Shoshone County. See Dan Robbins’ trip report which covers this peak and several other north Idaho county high points.

Illinois Peak on the Idaho/Montana border. Dan Robbins Photo.

Illinois Peak on the Idaho/Montana border. Dan Robbins Photo.

It is 5.0 miles from Freezeout Summit to the top of the peak with a 1,500 foot elevation gain.

Ken Jones provided the following directions: Leave Interstate 90 at Superior, MT (exit #47). On the southwest side of the freeway, take the frontage road headed east-southeast. In about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 miles, an obvious road heads south up Cedar Creek canyon – this is Forest Road 320. Take it. The pavement turns to gravel, but the road is good (passenger cars should have no trouble all the way to the trailhead). Keep left at a major fork with FR 7865 and follow FR 320 to a fork with FR 388 on the left (there’s a bridge here). Go left on FR 388, and follow it past a number of mines until it crests at Freezeout Pass and park.

At Freezeout Pass, on your right (west) you will find two roadways. One is moderately drive-able and heads onto a north-facing slope. The other goes right up the ridge, and is labeled as the Illinois Peak Trail. While it could possibly be driven for a distance, we chose to walk. Hike the old road through the woods. After a while it emerges onto a south-facing slope, and the well-traveled tread bears up and right, becoming a trail (the old road continues down, but is overgrown). Follow the trail to the summit of Illinois Peak, where you will find a register.



Mountain Range: Bitteroot Mountains

Longitude: -115.0716   Latitude: 47.0264


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