Peak 7321 (Mount Neilsen Scott)

Elevation: 7,321 ft
Prominence: 301

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This peak is not in the book. Published May 2021


This peak is the northernmost Sublett Range peak to reach above seven thousand feet. The view from its summit extends all the way across the Snake River Plain to the Pioneer Mountains, the Lost River Range and the southern Lemhi Range. The name was suggested by Rick Baugher and is based on a rock carving made by Neilsen and Scott in 1898. Rick found the rock on the peak’s slopes (see the photo below). USGS Hartley Peak

The high point is just left of center in this photo.

Access

This peak can be accessed from the east and ID-34 via Flint Canyon or Hartley Canyon and from the west via Sheep Canyon. I have not driven east side roads and will focus on the western access. Please note that Google Maps will provide you with good directions to most points in Sawtooth National Forest portion of the Sublett Range.

From the east access access the peak from the North Heglar Canyon/South Summit Canyon Road, FSR-565. This road is the primary north/south route through the Sublett Range. Both ends of this road are accessed from I-84. To reach the road from the north leave the freeway at Exit 228. Head east on East Yale Road for 8.7 miles and then turn onto the North Helgar Canyon Road. This road becomes FSR-565 when it reaches the National Forest Boundary. The southern approach leaves I-84 at Exit 245. From the freeway turn east and follow the road east/southeast into the mountains for 11.0 miles to Sublett Reservoir. This road also becomes FSR-565 when it reaches the National Forest Boundary. Follow FSR-565 to the Sheep Canyon Road.

If you are coming from the north the Sheep Canyon Road, FSR-579, is reached at a signed junction 0.2 miles south of the Mill Flatt CG. If you are coming from the South the road is reached 11.6 miles past the junction of FSR-565 and FSR-564 on the north side of Sublett Reservoir. (Note that although the Forest Service signs this road as Sheep Canyon that Google Maps calls it the Hartley Summit Road.) Turn east onto the Sheep Canyon Road and follow it 3.2 miles to the pass on the crest and a three way junction. Park here.

Access via Sheep Canyon is shown in Purple and to Peak 7032 in pink.

South Ridge, Class 2

This route encompasses a pleasant, rolling ridge walk. An ATV trail follows the ridge north from the pass. Follow this track on it’s up and down journey north. When the ATV trail ends continue north on the ridge crest. You will quickly reach an ancient bulldozer cut fire break. Continue follow this overgrown fire break north. It is amazing how steeply the bulldozer climbed up the steeper sections of the ridge. The ridge is brush free except one small section in the last saddle before the summit. Round trip covers 3.8 miles with 439 feet of elevation gain.

Rick Baugher’s note in the summit register.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Sublett Range

Year Climbed: 2021

Longitude: -112.98889   Latitude: 42.45409

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