Packer Butte

Elevation: 6,020 ft
Prominence: 360

This peak is not in the book.


Packer Butte is an attractive summit located northeast of Bennett Mountain and close to ID-20 and the Mount Bennett Road. The summit is situated on State of Idaho Land, which theoretically should be open to the public. However, the status of the land is not clear to me.

The State of Idaho often leases its land to private entities, often under terms that exclude public access. In this case, there are no fences between the State land and the adjacent private property land, and there are “No Trespassing” signs at the only gate close to the peak.

While, I have provided access information, I have not climbed this peak and do not recommend that anyone can climb it until they clarify the land’s status with the Idaho Department of Lands.

Class 2

USGS Topo: Cat Creek Summit

Packer Butte from the east and the Mount Bennett Road

Packer Butte from the east and the Mount Bennett Road

Packer Butte from the north along the Castle Rock Road

Packer Butte from the north along the Castle Rock Road

Access

The Mount Bennett Road (no, this road does not go anywhere close to Mount Bennett) cuts across the eastern slopes of the peak.  Access this signed, well-graded gravel road from ID-20 at one of two places. The first, if you are coming from the east, is just west of mile marker 126. The second, if you are coming from the west, is roughly 2 miles past the turnoff for the signed Castle Rocks Road where ID-20 makes a sharp turn to begin its ascent to Cat Creek Summit. Turn right at this point onto a well-graded gravel road. Follow the road for about 1 mile to a fork to its junction with the Mount Bennett Road.

A no trespassing sign on the south side of Packer Butte.

A no trespassing sign on the south side of Packer Butte.

 

Mountain Range: Boise Mountains

Longitude: -115.32619   Latitude: 43.28669

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