Mount Harrison

Elevation: 9,265 ft
Prominence: 2,298

Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 349. Livingston Douglas provided an extensive update for this big peak. Updated November 2018


Mount Harrison is the highest point in the northern section of the Albion Range. A deluxe paved road leads to the top but the summit’s operational fire lookout. This road is the highest paved road in Idaho. The open slopes makes the summit approachable from almost any direction. You can find parking areas all along the road. Decide how far you want to hike, park and pick a line to the summit. Since the road goes by the Pomerelle Ski area you can get relatively high winter access if you are inclined to do a winter ascent. Google Maps will give your precise directions to the summit.

Mount Harrison's western slopes.

Mount Harrison’s western slopes.

The lookout on the summit of Mount Harrison is active during the summer. The paved road sees a lot of use by cars and bicycles when it's not snow covered.

The lookout on the summit of Mount Harrison is active during the summer. The paved road sees a lot of use by cars and bicycles when it’s not snow covered.

Mount Harrison is a big mountain and its summit still a long ways off in this photo.

Mount Harrison is a big mountain and its summit still a long ways off in this photo.

The view south along the Albion Range crest to Cache Peak.

The view south along the Albion Range crest to Cache Peak.

Mount Harrison from Cache Peak.

Mount Harrison from Cache Peak.

The road to the summit of Mount Harrison is paved. As a result bicyclists find the long climb to the summit a great training route.

The road to the summit of Mount Harrison is paved. As a result bicyclists find the long climb to the summit a great training route.

2018 Update by Livingston Douglas 

Date of Climb:  September 25, 2018

Please note that FSR-549/Mount Harrison Road is a curvy, paved highway all the way to the top of Mount Harrison. It is not a quiet, rocky Forest Service Road. It is narrow in spots and has sharp curves with guardrails close by. Be careful if you plan to hike or mountain bike on this road.

The Highway Route, Class 1

Access

Mount Harrison Road/FSR-549 is located on the W side of ID-77 exactly 5.2 miles N of the sharp E turn in the highway (at a stop sign) that leads to Malta. It is also 14.1 miles S of the junction of ID-77 and ID-81 in Declo. It is a paved road/highway that leads to the top of Mount Harrison. It is signed at ID-77 for “Lake Cleveland” and the “Pomerelle Ski Area.”

From ID-77, drive 9.2 miles up Mount Harrison Road to a parking area on the LHS of the road, about 0.1 miles past the [signed] RHS turnoff for Lake Cleveland. Park here (8,405 feet).

Route

Yes, this is a road hike. A highway hike, to be more accurate. But we’re not going to cheat and drive to the top of Mount Harrison as some folks do. No, we have to EARN this one. From the parking area, hike up the highway to the summit of Mount Harrison. There is a bathroom and turnaround loop on the summit area.

The views along this road are amazing—views down to Lake Cleveland and views of some surrounding points (e.g., Point 9033). I saw a couple of black-tailed deer along the road on the frosty, early morning I did the hike. This road hike is about 4 miles roundtrip and requires about 860 vertical feet of elevation gain.

 

Mountain Range: Albion Range

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -113.658905   Latitude: 42.314626

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