North Chilly Butte by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 6,884 ft
Prominence: 474

North Chilly Butte from Trail Creek Road - Steve Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book. The access section was updated by Livingston Douglas  Updated October 2018.


North Chilly Butte lies west of the unincorporated community of Chilly, Idaho, which is located north of Trail Creek Road and northwest of Mackay, Idaho. North Chilly’s sister butte, South Chilly Butte, lies to the southwest. The easiest terrain and legal, easiest public access is found along North Chilly Butte’s west side. The USGS BM atop North Chilly Butte.

North Chilly Butte - Steve Mandella photo.

North Chilly Butte – Steve Mandella photo.


Access by Livingston Douglas

From US-93 north of Mackay, turn L/W onto [signed] Trail Creek Road. Drive 3.5 miles on Trail Creek Road to an unsigned junction [5975W, which you will discover later]. Turn R/N onto [unsigned] 5975W and drive 0.6 miles to a signed junction with 6000W/Anderson Road. Here is where you discover that you’ve been driving on 5975W! Turn L/W and drive 0.4 miles to a pass/saddle between North Chilly Butte and South Chilly Butte. Park off the road here (6,450 feet). This is the launching point for climbs of both buttes.


West Side Approach, Class 2

Climb the mellower terrain on the west side, aiming for the summit which is almost at the center of the butte.  Footing is good and in short order arrive at the summit ridge. The actual summit is correctly shown on the List of John map (link below). However the only marker we saw for it was a downed pole. Enjoy the views of nearby buttes, the Thousand Springs area, the Lost River Range, Pahsimeroi Range, and White Knob Mountains.

Trip Stats: 1.1 mile roundtrip and 478 feet of elevation gain.

Summit block - North Chilly Butte - Steve Mandella photo

Summit block – North Chilly Butte – Steve Mandella photo

Climbing Track - Steve Mandella

Climbing Track – Steve Mandella

The USGS BM atop North Chilly Butte. Livingston Douglas Photo

The USGS BM atop North Chilly Butte. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop North Chilly Butte. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop North Chilly Butte. Livingston Douglas Photo

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Boulder Mountains

Year Climbed: 2019

Longitude: -113.90179   Latitude: 44.07619

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