Elevation: 6,540 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Peak 6540 is located on the Idaho-Montana border in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Clearwater National Forest. It is the first peak, of more than 300 feet prominence, just west of Lolo Pass.
Use FS-595 from Lolo Pass and climb to a junction on the west side of the peak in 3.6 miles. Large clearcuts cover this peak rather than a thick forest, which allows visitors to see outstanding views of the Bitterroot Crest, as it runs south from Lolo Pass, and of the Selway Crags to the west. The summit can be readily reached from this junction by walking east through an old clearcut for 0.2 miles, approximately 100 feet.
Although I ascended the peak in the summer, this would be a great peak for a winter ascent. The total elevation gain from US-12 at Lolo Pass is 1,240 feet. The pass area is a maintained winter recreation area.
USGS Topo: Lolo Hot Springs
Dan Saxton climbed this peak in the winter. He reports:
“I did this peak in the winter, it is a snowmobile mecca, and is not quite the most aesthetic experience, though fewer of them had made it to the summit area……”
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