Peak 6812

Elevation: 6,812 ft
Prominence: 691

Peak 6812 viewed from the north.

This peak is not in the book.


Peak 6812 is located north of Garden Valley, Idaho on a long, steep-sided ridge that divides the Middle Fork Payette River from Silver Creek. This area is characterized by deep canyons, thick forests and the occasional but spectacular grantie slabs and spires. The peak is located 1.2 air miles north of the Silver Creek Fire Lookout which is a low point on the peak’s south ridge.

Peak 6812 viewed from the north.

Peak 6812 viewed from the north.

Access

Reach the peak from the Banks/Lowman Road by taking the Middle Fork Road/FS-698 [(D)(1.1) page 140] up the Middle Fork and then turning on FS-671 which runs toward the Silver Creek Plunge resort. From ID-55 at Banks, follow the Banks/Lowman Highway east for 8.3 miles  Turn north onto the Middle Fork Road which quickly reaches downtown Crouch, Idaho. In 0.7 miles the road  makes a sharp left turn in town and the heads north again.

Continue following the road north for a total of 23.0 miles to the signed turn for the Silver Creek Lookout, FS-678. The Middle Fork Road is paved at first, then good gravel and then maintained dirt. FS-678 is a steep road with a lot of potholes. FS-678 reaches the ridge crest where there is a complicated intersection. Trun left and then immediately left again. This new road is designated FS-678B. Follow this road north to a junction in roughly three quarters of a mile. FS-678B continues right and FS-678C continues straight. In good conditions a 2WD with sufficient clearance and careful operation can reach this point. Park here as the road to the lookout is gated just above the junction.

The gate closing FS-678B.

The gate closing FS-678B.

South Ridge, Class 2

Follow FS-678B past the gate to the Silver Creek Lookout. From the point where the road crosses the ridge just north of there is a large granite fin. On the west side of the fin look for a faint trail. Turn north on this trail and follow the ridge north. The trail is distinct in places, missing in spots and brushy at times. Even with the faint trail following the ridge requires crosscountry skills. From the parking spot to the granite outcrop that forms the summit it is 2.5 miles with 962 feet of gain.

Silver Creek Lookout.

Silver Creek Lookout.

This is the rock fin at the beginning of the ridge walk from the lookout to the peak. John Platt Photo

This is the rock fin at the beginning of the ridge walk from the lookout to the peak. John Platt Photo

The summit is a granite outcrop surrounded by small trees.

The summit is a granite outcrop surrounded by small trees.

My GPS Track for Peaks 6812 and 6875.

My GPS Track for Peaks 6812 and 6875.

USGS Bull Creek Hot Springs.

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -115.78101   Latitude: 44.39409

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