Elevation: 4,124 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published April 2018
Highland Peak is located roughly 1.8 mikes north of Lucky Peak Dam. ID-21 circles the southern base of the mountain and Highland Valley Road crosses the peak’s North Slopes. This peak has great views of Lucky Peak Reservoir and the Boise Mountains. Two routes are set out below. USGS Lucky Peak
Highland Valley Road/North Ridge, Class 1
This route is accessed from ID-21, approximately 2.4 miles north of Lucky Peak Dam. Keep your eyes peeled for the turn off on the West Side of the highway, which is signed as Highland Valley Road. There is room for five vehicles to park at the intersection. The Idaho Fish and Game Department closes this road to vehicles annually during the Winter. Most years, it reopens April 15th (something to look forward to other than taxes). Pay attention to signs on the gate, as the road may occasionally be closed at times to hikers and mountain bikers. A little farther up the road, you will reach a cattle guard and a second parking area (see the route orientation map below).
Continue past the the second parking area to a junction 1.3 miles from the highway. A right turn at this junction will take to to Shaw Mountain/Lucky Peak. Please note that the Idaho Fish and Game Department built an archery range at this junction in 2019. The trail described below is still open but you may have company after May 1st when the range opens for the season. The exact boundaries of the range are unclear, but please avoid conflicts with archers and hike this peak before the range opens.
Continue straight through a gate for about 1,000 vertical and then turn left/south onto an old 4WD road that climbs up the peak’s North Ridge to the summit. The area past this junction is closed to everything mechanical. Round trip stats from the highway: 4.6 miles with 560 feet of elevation gain.
West Highlands Valley Trail/North Ridge, Class 1 by Paul Jurczak
This route uses the Ridge-to-Rivers West Highland Valley Trail #11 to access the peak’s North Ridge. This route is accessed from East Highland Valley Road which is reached via Warm Springs Avenue. Google Maps will give you directions. The route is shown on the map below. Note that there is an unofficial trail located north of the main trail that provides an alternate path.