Elevation: 3,168 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2023
Peak 3168 is a forested hill that sits above both Luby Bay and Shoshone Bay on the west side of Priest Lake. The summit can be reached via the Woodrat Trail/FST-235. Unfortunately, the summit is thickly forested and offers no views. USGS Priest Lake SW
From ID-57 about 0.5 miles northwest of Lamb Creek, ID, turn right/northeast onto [paved] Luby Bay Road (signed for “Luby Bay”) and drive 1.3 miles to an unsigned “T” junction with CR-35. Turn right/southeast and drive 0.2 miles to a signed junction with FSR-1048 (signed for “Woodrat Trail”). Drive 0.1 miles south on this dirt road to the signed trailhead for FST-235/Woodrat Trail. Park at the trailhead (2,510 feet; 48⁰32’07”N, 116⁰55’21”W).
Map Errors and Trail Positions
The USGS topo map incorrectly positions the first ¼ mile of FST-235 and fails to show FST-48. The National Forest Map correctly shows the current trails in this area (FST-48/Beach Trail, FST-235/Woodrat Trail, and FST-274).
Northwest Face/West Ridge, Class 2
This climb is mostly Class 1. From the trailhead, hike east on the narrow but well-maintained trail for ½ mile to a signed junction with FST-274. Go right/south at this junction to continue along Woodrat Trail. Hike south then southeast then south (with a few minor ups and downs) up the trail to a sharp left/east turn high up. Continue to the crest in the Woodrat Trail on the summit area of Peak 3168.
Bushwhack about 40 feet right/south in semi-open pine forest to the high point. I built a log cairn with several pieces of timber available nearby and used the highest tree stump as the high point. You can also drive farther up FSR-1048 to where it is very close to FST-235 and shorten this climb considerably. A short bushwhack up east up through the pine forest and brush will put you on FST-235 pretty high up.