Peak 5941 (Ten Mile Hill) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 5,941 ft
Prominence: 321

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This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019

Peak 5941 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 Road/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


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 National Forest Service 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.

The Climb

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 left/west side of the gully. The terrain is steep scrub/sage that requires weaving and has a scree/gravel base. High up, skirt a minor rocky outcrop on its right/east side.

Move a bit left/west as you approach the ridge crest for an easy finish. The slope now eases and you quickly reach the south summit (5,880+ feet). From this false summit, descend north to a gentle saddle, giving up about 100 feet of elevation in so doing. From the saddle, scramble northeast up easy scrub to the summit. The summit is just a bare hump with no signs of previous ascent.

East Ridge, Class 2


Same as for the southeast shoulder/south ridge

The Descent

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.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

Longitude: -113.90569   Latitude: 45.02239

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