Elevation: 9,207 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 120. Updated August 2019
This is the first peak south of Elk Summit and part of an impressive, high ridge line that connects Elk Summit and Profile Gap. The summit is a short scramble from Elk Summit and FS-340. This peak was named for a Captain Eldridge who mined in the area in 1870s.
Access is via the Yellow Pine to Warren Road. [(B)(3.2) page 137]
Traveling through this area of the Salmon River Mountains requires a high clearance vehicle with good tires at a minimum. These roads traverse burned areas and you should understand that there is a high probability of encountering downed trees on the road. Taking a chain saw is not an unreasonable idea.
Northwest Ridge, Class 2
The route description in the book is accurate. The game trail described in the book is still there but is even harder to find in 2019 than it was in 1988. Rather than looking for the trail it is just as easy to climb straight up from Elk Summit to the too of the northwest ridge and then follow the ridge to the summit bypassing a couple of rocky obstacles on their south sides. It is 1.2 miles and 600 feet of gain to the summit. You can continue on to Dixie Mountain.