Peak 8261 (Big Rocky Point) by Dan Saxton

Elevation: 8,261 ft

This peak is not found in the book. Thanks to Dan Saxton for bringing this peak to our attention.


Peak 8,261’ is located near Rocky Point and Skookum Butte, on the MT/ID state line at the very north end of the high part of the Bitterroot Mountains. Since Rocky Point is merely a spur of this peak, I’ve been referring to this peak as “Big Rocky Point.”

This unnamed summit can be reached by following the state line from the Elk Meadows Road. Follow old logging roads and open woods up to Rocky Point, and then continue along the ridge to Peak 8,261. The going gets much rougher after Rocky Point, with plenty of talus (no harder than Class 2+). The crest gets a little narrow at points, so just slab by it on the right side. On top is a fantastic view of the Bitterroots rearing their serrated crests into the heavens.

Peak 8,261’ from Rocky Point with Saint Joseph Peak in Montana at the left. Dan Saxton Photo

Peak 8,261’ from Rocky Point with Saint Joseph Peak in Montana at the left. Dan Saxton Photo

Some of the slabs on the way up - try to do this without snow! Dan Saxton Photo

Some of the slabs on the way up – try to do this without snow! Dan Saxton Photo

The mighty Bitterroots from Peak 8,261. Dan Saxton Photo

The mighty Bitterroots from Peak 8,261. Dan Saxton Photo

Peak 8261. Dan Saxton Photo

Peak 8261. Dan Saxton Photo

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Mountain Range: Bitteroot Mountains

Longitude: -114.32079   Latitude: 46.64689

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