Elevation: 6,297 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 58. Significant changes have occurred in this area since the book was published. I recommend the route below rather than the route in the book.
Kellogg Peak is located due south of Kellogg, Idaho. A retired Forest Service fire lookout sits on the summit. During my only visit to the summit, the air was filled with smoke from forest fires. However, there is no doubt in my mind that on a clear day the views from Kellogg Peak’s summit would be awesome!
Climbing, Class 1
The peak is the center piece of the Silver Mountain Ski Resort. Just after the book was published, the resort opened a gondola that runs from Kellogg to the Mountain House (lodge) at 5,640 feet. As of 2017, a ticket for the gondola was $18.
The easiest route to the summit is via the road that leads from the lodge around the east and south sides of the peak to the top of Chair lift #2, which ends just below the summit. The road has a decent grade and works well as a trail. Once you reach the top of the lift, look for a trail by the small cabin. This trail leads you to the summit and the lookout. The distance is 1.8 miles with 750 feet of elevation gain.
Climbing, Class 2
Alternatively, from the top of the gondola lift, you can follow the Silver Bell ski run to the top of the Chair 2. From here, a short trail leads up to the south and to the fire lookout/summit. However, this route will be steeper, though shorter, than following the road.
From the summit, use the Skyway Ridge run to get to the summit block of nearby Wardner Peak.
For an additional charge, take your mountain bike on the gondola, bike one of the short sections over to Chair 2, ride the lift, and then take the trail at the top of Chair 2 over to the summit. After enjoying the summit, downhill all the way back to Kellogg.
USGS Topo: Masonia