Elevation: 3,580 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2023
Peak 3580 sits west of Coolin Mountain on a ridgeline south of the south end of Priest Lake in the Selkirk Mountains. It has over 1,000 feet of prominence and is higher than nearby, named Coolin Mountain (3,475 feet). Peak 3580 is most easily climbed via the combination of a 2-track road and a use trail up the south ridge to the summit. USGS Outlet Bay
From ID-57 southwest of Priest Lake, turn right/east onto paved Dickensheet Road (signed for “Coolin”). Drive 4.2 miles to an unsigned road junction. Turn left onto a dirt road that heads northwest for 2.0 miles. The road bends hard left/south and goes another mile to reach a saddle and 4-way road junction. This is the connecting saddle between Peak 3580 and Coolin Mountain (3,475 feet). The saddle is at 2,950 feet and 48⁰27’48”N, 116⁰52’18”W. This climb is entirely within the confines of the Priest Lake State Forest.
Northeast Face/South Ridge, Class 3
From the 2,950-foot connecting saddle with Coolin Mountain, follow a 2-track road west briefly to where it bends right/northwest. Leave the road and bushwhack southwest up a steep face of mercilessly thick pine forest and brush. Use your hands frequently (Class 3) to make upward progress. It is brutal. Reach the dense forest/brush on the ridge crest and find a narrow use trail. Follow this trail right/northwest to the forested summit.
The use trail is overgrown and is only so-so but it sure beats bushwhacking up the ridge crest in the thick brush and bushes. The summit is a slight rise in the forest and descends slightly from there to more open terrain to the northwest. The northeast face is a punishing bushwhack, one of the worst that I have ever done in Idaho. I do not recommend it. The south ridge is a better option and can be reached from a 2-track road that heads south and then west from the aforementioned 2,950-foot connecting saddle with Coolin Mountain.