Peak 6650 by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 6,650 ft
Prominence: 340

Summit Peak 6650. Steve Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018

Peak 6650 is a western foothill of the Lemhi Range. The peak is located south of Goldburg, Idaho, entirely on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. According to maps, you can access Peak 6650 from a 4WD road that starts on its north side and crosses the foothill, passes next to the summit, and continues to a very steep descent to its southernmost point.

We were literally on a Sunday scenic drive, in little to no cell service, and did the “hey that’s a peak” whiplash and climbed it without any knowledge other than finding out it was on public land. We selected its southernmost point as that was the obvious access we saw.

Summit Peak 6650. Steve Mandella photo.

Summit Peak 6650. Steve Mandella photo.


From Howe, Idaho, take the Little Lost River Highway north toward Clyde, and continue northward past Clyde toward Goldburg as the road turns into the Pahsimeroi Road and then the Upper Pashimeroi/Goldburg Road.

After Clyde, the next time the road turns nearly due north, you will be on the eastern edge of the Pahsimeroi Valley, between the Lemhis and Pahsimeroi Mountain Range. Start looking for your peak access here. Several dirt roads crisscross the valley at this point.

Peak 6650, which should be north-northwest of you in the valley, has a prominent dirt road that climbs straight up its southernmost point. When you spy this road, you will see how to meader on the valley dirt roads to reach it. Park somewhere off the dirt road near the base of this peak.

Summit Peak 6650. Steve Mandella photo.

Peak 6650 summit cairn and view from the summit. Steve Mandella photo.

South Route, Class 1+

Use the road for a trail and follow it to the summit. It is about 2 miles round trip. The steepest part is the initial climb, and it is very steep. If you have a high clearance 4WD and feel comfortable with the initial steep section you can drive to the summit of the peak. For a little peak, it has great views!

Track to Peak 6650. Margo Mandella.

Track to Peak 6650. Margo Mandella.

USGS Topo: Spring Hill

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

Longitude: -113.65319   Latitude: 44.36759

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