Liberal Mountain

Elevation: 8,265 ft
Prominence: 666

The summit viewed from the northwest ridge.

Climbing and access information for this peak is found on pages 215 and 216. This update includes a new, shorter  route to this summit. Published August 2019


Liberal Mountain is located northeast of Fairfield, Idaho and north of Cannonball Mountain. The summit forms the northeastern most point of the Soldier Mountains. It is an excellent view point for observing the surrounding mountains including the highest Boise, Smoky, and Boulder Mountains peaks. The book recommended climbing the peak from Wells Summit and this is still a viable route for those looking for a long hike, This update includes a shorter, more direct route to this summit. USGS Cannonball Mountain

The summit viewed from the northwest ridge.

The summit viewed from the northwest ridge.

Access

Access is via the Cannonball Creek Road, FS-420 which is reached on the north side of Wells Summit via the Wells Summit Road, FS-095. [(A)[1.2) page 217] Follow FS-095 over the summit for roughly to two miles to the signed junction for FS-420. FS-420 proceeds past Cannonball Mountain to the base of Liberal Mountain in just over 4.0 miles. The road is a rough, but improved road for its first three mlles. The last mile deteriorates and a 4WD is recommended. The recommended parking spot is roughly 4.1 miles from FS-095 at a saddle by Point 7577.

Cannonball Creek Road. The road continues on past the recommended parking spot to the top of the northwest ridge. It is not recommended that you drive this steep, loose section.

Cannonball Creek Road. The road continues on past the recommended parking spot to the top of the northwest ridge. It is not recommended that you drive this steep, loose section.

Northwest Ridge, Class 2

The northwest ridge is reached from the recommended parking spot on FS-420 by simply following the road to the ridge top. Once on top of the ridge follow it to the summit. The first section follows a fence line. The route then drops into a saddle where a trail that leads around the next high point to another saddle is found. Ascend the final slopes to the rocky summit.

My GPS track from the recommended parking spot. The summit is a 1.0 miles and 552 feet climb from this point.

My GPS track from the recommended parking spot. The summit is a 1.0 miles and 552 feet climb from this point.

Mountain Range: Soldier Mountains

Year Climbed: 2019

Longitude: -114.68609   Latitude: 43.47739

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