Peak 6540

Elevation: 6,540 ft
Prominence: 840

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.

Class 2

USGS Topo: Lolo Hot Springs

The hike through the clearcut is easy enough but not exactly pleasing. However, the views from the top are great.

The hike through the clearcut is easy enough but not exactly pleasing. However, the views from the top are great.

My GPS track.

My GPS track.

The view of the Bitterroot crest looking south over Peak 6540.

The view of the Bitterroot Crest looking south over Peak 6540.

The Selway Crags from Peak 6540.

The Grave Peak area from Peak 6540.

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……”

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Bitteroot Mountains

Year Climbed: 2016

Longitude: -114.61429   Latitude: 46.63919

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