Elevation: 6,281 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2021
Peak 6281 is a rocky, ridgeline summit that is located northeast of Blue Mountain (8,340 feet). It sits above the junction of US-93/ID-75 and the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park just south of Challis. Peak 6281 is most easily reached by an ATV trail that comes up from Land of the Yankee Fork State Park to the base of the southwest face. USGS Bradbury Flat
This is the first leg of a 2-peak adventure that includes Peak 6281 and Blue Mountain (8,340 feet). It covers 9.5 miles with 3,850 feet of elevation gain round trip. From the junction of US-93 and ID-75 just south of Challis, drive 0.35 miles southwest on ID-75 to a signed historical marker for “Bison Jump.” Park in the large, paved parking lot at this historical marker (5,020 feet).
The USGS topo map (and the Challis National Forest map) fail to show many of the ATV trails in this area. Perhaps an updated BLM map shows them.
The Approach, Class 2
From the parking lot, walk along the sidewalk to the gazebo then bushwhack west up a dry gully to reach a 2-track road. Go right/north on the 2-track road and follow it to an unsigned “T” junction with an ATV trail that comes up from Land of the Yankee Fork State Park. Go left/west onto this ATV trail and follow it southwest up a narrow canyon. The trail then bends right/northeast to climb up a dry gulch. The ATV trail soon reaches a fork in the gulch and goes left/northwest. Leave the trail here and hike straight/northeast up a weak 2-track that climbs up a gully to reach a 5,980-foot saddle at the base of the southwest face of Peak 6281. This weak 2-track shortcuts the switchbacks of the ATV trail, which also arrives at the saddle.
Southwest Face, Class 2
From the 5,980-foot saddle, scramble northwest up a slope of scrub and loose talus/scree to reach a notch in the ridge crest just left/west of a rocky buttress. Once on the ridge crest, scramble left/northwest up the rock-and-scrub ridge to reach the small summit of Peak 6281. The nicely-cairned summit offers splendid views of the City of Challis to the north and Blue Mountain to the southwest.
From the summit, return to the 5,980-foot saddle at the base of the southwest face. Follow the ATV trail southwest to skirt the right/northwest side of a hump and reach a signed junction at 5,980 feet. This concludes the first leg of today’s 2-peak journey. Blue Mountain (8,340 feet) is up next.