Oreana Ridge

Elevation: 8,075 ft
Prominence: 575

This peak is not in the book. Published June 2019


Oreana Ridge is located west northwest of North Fork, Idaho.  A fire lookout, open to the public, is still found on its summit. USGS Tincup Hill.

Bing Young recounts its history as follows: Oreana or Oreano? This name appears differently on [different) maps and documents, to say nothing of the way it is pronounced. Oreana had no building constructed  until the early 1930’s, though evidence suggests that it was used as a secondary and emergency point before then. With the Caballero Point idea abandoned, Oreana became the lookout of the Salmon Forest to see the upper Horse Creek drainage, which was the lookout’s only real value.

Oreana was manned until about 1968, and the building still stands and is left open to the public by the North Fork District for public use so long as there is no vandalism, which would lead to safety hazards, eyesores, and therefore its destruction. Salmon National Forest Fire Lookouts by Bing Young 1982, pages 31-32

Access

Google Maps will give you directions to this remote spot. The suggested route is 42.0 miles and this will take you 2.5 hours to drive at a minimum. Check first with the Forest Service for current conditions.

Mountain Range: Southern Clearwater Peaks

Longitude: -114.47209   Latitude: 45.47901

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