Packer John Mountain

Elevation: 7,100 ft
Prominence: 1,520

This peak is not in the book.


Packer John Mountain is located in the North Fork Range (a Salmon River Mountains subranges) east of ID-55. The peak has a long north-south summit ridge which was once the home of a fire lookout. The actual summit is farther south and almost 50 feet higher. USGS Packer John Mountain

Looking toward the summit from the location of the lookout site. Dave Pahlas Photo

Access and Routes (Class 2)

The North Fork Range has a tangle of roads and setting out driving directions that you could rely upon is beyond me at this point. Google Maps provides directions from the south that I believe utilize a recently closed road. Google Maps directions from Smiths Ferry should work but I have not field checked them.

John Platt and Dave Pahlas accessed the peak from Big Eddie Campground along ID-55. You can read about their long, brushy climb by utilizing the links below. By using a road approach you can get to within 150 vertical feet of the summit.

Packer John Mountain viewed from Dry Buck Mountain.

Packer John Mountain viewed from Dry Buck Mountain.

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Longitude: -116.067   Latitude: 44.20359

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