Elevation: 8,605 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018
Canyon Creek Peak is located in the Salmon River Mountains directly west of Highway 21. The eastern slopes of the peak contain the majority of the avalanche chutes that frequently close Highway 21 in the winter. Outside of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) avalanche control staff, Canyon Creek Peak is seldom climbed.
USGS Topo: Grandjean
Access this peak from ID-21. The turn off is on the left, 3.9 miles past the Grandjean turn. If you are coming from Stanley, the turn will be on the right in 33 miles. Look for a short side road at the base of the peak’s south ridge. This road dead ends in less than one-quarter mile. Park just off this road.
South Ridge, Class 2
Hike uphill for about 600 feet before gaining the south ridge. Follow the ridge for about 2 miles, and 2700 feet, upward to the summit where you’ll also find a weather station operated by ITD. Most of the route has decent game trails but some bushwhacking is necessary.
Climb this peak between May 15th and November 15th as parking is prohibited for safety reasons between Grandjean and Banner Summit during the winter. The views are excellent of the surrounding Salmon River and Sawtooth Mountains.
The lower north summit looks like it is a class 3 scramble. Canyon Creek Peak can also be climbed from Banner Summit by following the ridge over North Spring and Spring Peaks for 6 miles (one way). The ITD avalanche control staff use another route during the winter that is slightly more gradual than the south ridge.