Peak 5950 Lincoln County HP

Elevation: 5,950 ft
Prominence: 440

This small pile of rocks is arguably the highest point on the peak but it is not necessarily the highest point in Lincoln County.

This peak is not in the book. Published April 2018. Updated May 2018.


The highest point in Lincoln County is found at the eastern end of the Bennett Mountain Hills in a area of sagebrush encrusted rolling terrain marked by occasional cliffs and sharp ridges reminiscent of a stormy see frozen in time. The peak’s summit is the highest swell in the area. When you reach the broad summit it is difficult to identify the exact highest point.

Although the Lincoln County High Point has 400 feet of prominence it does not appear as a mountain summit. Instead it looks like a low hill.

Although the Lincoln County High Point has 400 feet of prominence it does not appear as a mountain summit. Instead it looks like a low hill.

Access

The following directions by contributor Ken Jones. His directions are accurate and easy to follow with a couple of caveats. First, keep in mind that every vehicle will give slightly different odometer readings. Second, the road has deteriorated since Ken visited the peak. At a minimum a vehicle with high clearance and all terrain tires will be necessary to safely reach the base of the climb. Finally, keep in my that the country high point is the highest point on the county line and that is not necessarily the highest point on Peak 5950.

From the intersection of US-20 and Idaho-46, head south on Idaho-46 for 12.7 miles to the signed junction left (0.0 miles) to Thorn Creek Reservoir. (This is at logical milepost 30.5, if you are coming from the south.) Turn toward the reservoir, keeping right at a junction at 1.8 miles. Cross a fence line at 3.2 miles and reach a left fork at 3.8.

Keep right, skip forks left, and cross the outlet of the reservoir at 4.1. Skip more forks to the left, and pass a jeep trail right at 5.2. A cattle guard is reached at 7.0, and an intersection at 7.9. Go left, skipping a jeep trail right at 8.2. Cross another cattle guard at 8.9, and park at the saddle at 9.7. Passenger cars can[not] probably get here [even] when it’s dry [or at any other time].

Route

Hike up the ridge to the east, keeping to the left side where it levels out on top. I’m not sure where the HP is. We went to the highest point in the area (determined by clinometer sighting). There are also two white PVC posts in the area which may mark the offset section corners (33/34 to the east, 3/4 to the west). If they do, the highest point on the plateau is not in Lincoln county; in that case it is near the eastern post.

My GPS track for the approach and the hike. There is a good parking spot on the saddle identified by Ken. The walk up the ridge to the summit is 0.4 miles long and gains 175 feet.

My GPS track for the approach and the hike. There is a good parking spot on the saddle identified by Ken. The walk up the ridge to the summit is 0.4 miles long and gains 175 feet.

The road is decent until it reaches the reservoir but quickly deteriorates after crossing the dam.

The road is decent until it reaches the reservoir but quickly deteriorates after crossing the dam.

There are a lot of ruts along the way and some are accompanied by large boulders.

There are a lot of ruts along the way and some are accompanied by large boulders.

USGS Thorn Creek Reservoir

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Boise Mountains

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -114.55479   Latitude: 43.19819

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