Elevation: 6,869 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published October 2018.
Peak 6869 is a rocky butte located northwest of Mackay, Idaho, and southwest of North and South Chilly Buttes on the south side of Trail Creek Road. This short sporty climb provides great views of the Lost River Range and the Big Lost River Valley.
Access to Peak 6869 is from a short jeep trail off of Trail Creek Road. This jeep trail is visible from Trail Creek Road and is also shown on the Challis National Forest – South Travel Map. This trail will take you a short way up the north ridge. Park here.
North Ridge Route, Class 2
Start your climb following the steep jeep track and continue as it turns into a short trail. When the trail ends, scramble your way through and around the various rock outcrops to attain the ridge taking the path of least resistance as you head toward the summit. The butte is steep but footing is solid. Any scrambling is straightforward and minimal. There are several ways to thread your way through the rocks on the ridge, but if it seems too hard, look around for an easier path. While the butte is exposed in places, it is not technical, so keep that in mind as you climb.
Our trip stats: 1 mile roundtrip and 386 feet elevation gain.
USGS Topo: Swenson Butte
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