Elevation: 5,914 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Peak 5914 is [barely] a ranked summit that is positioned at the west end of the long West Ridge of Sal Mountain. It is located just below, and to the northwest of, Ten Mile Benchmark, an unranked ridge bump. Peak 5941 offers a beautiful aerial view of the twisting Salmon River 1,800 vertical feet below. The easiest access is via Twelvemile Creek Raod/FSR-014. Be sure to stay to the east of the Salmon National Forest boundary in order to avoid a large chunk of private land along Twelvemile Creek Road.
Southeast Shoulder/South Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: July 21, 2019
Twelvemile Creek Road/FSR-014 is located along US-93 and the Salmon River. The turnoff is on the East Side of the highway exactly 10.8 miles south of the NFS office in Salmon and 6.5 miles south of Shoup Bridge. The road is poorly signed, so watch for it. There is a sign for “Twelvemile Cabins” at the highway junction. From the south, Twelvemile Creek Road is located about 45.7 miles north of Challis on US-93.
Drive east up Twelvemile Creek Road past several private homes. At 0.7 miles, cross a cattle guard. At 0.8 miles, enter the Salmon National Forest (signed). Park at a dispersed campsite at 1.2 miles.
There is a prominent gully a short distance down the road from the dispersed campsite. This gully separates Peak 5941 from Ten Mile Benchmark. Leave FSR-014 and climb the steep shoulder on the L/W side of the gully. The terrain is steep scrub/sage (requiring weaving) with a scree/gravel base. High up, skirt a minor rocky outcrop on its R/E side.
Move a bit L/W as you approach the ridge crest for an easy finish. The slope now eases and you quickly reach the South Summit (5880+). From this false summit, descend N to a gentle saddle, giving up about 100 feet of elevation in so doing. From the saddle, scramble NE up easy scrub to the summit. The summit of Peak 5941 is just a bare hump with no signs of previous ascent.
East Ridge (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the Southeast Shoulder/South Ridge Route
From the summit, descend through sagebrush that is a bit thick and cumbersome using a cattle trail and fence partway down to expedite the descent. The saddle at the base of the ridge is broad, thick with sagebrush, and ill-defined as to its high point.