Peak 8460+ (Marshall Fin)

Elevation: 8,460 ft
Prominence: 1,800

Marshall Fin viewed from Marshall Mountain.

This peak is not in the book. Published July 2018


This peak is located due south of Marshall Mountain and north of California Lake. It is the highest point in the area and has 1,800 feet of prominence.

Marshall Fin viewed from Marshall Mountain.

Marshall Fin viewed from Marshall Mountain.

Access

This peak can be reached by road from the west or the south. Western access is via FS-318. Southern access is from Sesech via FS-325. The best route is from the west. Google Maps will give you directions if you seach for Marshall Mountain.

Western Access and Routes. From the Warren Wagon Road turn north onto FS-246 which quickly leads past the  Burgdorf Hot Springs Resort. Five miles past the resort turn onto FS-318. Follow this road, reportedly suitable for high clearance vehicles, for 6.7 miles where is junctions with FS-325. Follow 318 south to access the peak.

The peak can be climbed from almost any place along FS-325 but the best route is from the saddle northwest of the summit. The forest varies in thickness but is not a difficult obstacle.

Alternative Access and California Lake Route, Class 2

Pat McGrane and I hiked to this summit from California Lake which is located to the south along FS-325. Google Maps will not give you directions for reaching California Lake from the south. To reach the lake take the Warren Wagon Road north from McCall to its junction with the Burgdorf Road, FS-246 and zero out your odometer. Continue east on the Warren Wagon Road for 2.7 miles and turn north onto FS-325. This road is shown as an improved road on the Payette National Forest map (there are bridges along the way) but the farther you go, the worse the road becomes. It is no longer an improved road. A 4WD with AT tires is recommended. The road reaches California Lake in 7.8 miles. From the lake it is another 5.0 miles to the junction with FS-318 and FS-320 at the western end of Marshall Mountain’s summit ridge. This five miles definitely requires a real 4WD and good tires. There are two good camping sites at the lake.

California Lake represents one of the many tupes of terrain found in the northwest corner of the Salmon River Mountains.

California Lake represents one of the many tupes of terrain found in the northwest corner of the Salmon River Mountains.

From the lake the best route follows the road to the peak’s western slopes and ascend these slopes to the summit as shown on the map below which was part of a three peak trip. It is roughly 2.5 miles and 1,200 feet to the summit.

My GPS track for Marshall Mountain and the two peaks with an elevation of 8,460 feet. I highly recommend this scenic ridge walk.

My GPS track for Marshall Mountain and the two peaks with an elevation of 8,460 feet. I highly recommend this scenic ridge walk.

Marshall Fin viewed from just above California Lake.

Marshall Fin viewed from just above California Lake.

USGS War Eagle Mountain

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -115.84449   Latitude: 45.35229

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