Penny Mountain by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 6,137 ft
Prominence: 157

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This peak is not in the book. Published November 2022

Penny Mountain is a small hill that sits just east of the Ketchum Cemetery along ID-75 at the north end of Ketchum. It is on private land (probably City of Ketchum land). There is a footpath coming up both the north ridge and the southeast ridge from Ketchum streets/residences. It certainly seems to be a publicly-accessible hill. USGS Sun Valley

View of Ketchum from atop the rocky summit of Penny Mountain. Livingston Douglas Photo


Park at the Ketchum Cemetery on the east side of ID-75 at the north end of Ketchum (5,855 feet).

West Face, Class 2

From the parking area at the Ketchum Cemetery, walk to the north end of the cemetery and bushwhack north up onto a ridge. Follow the ridge briefly as it heads east then bushwhack southeast up through steep, thick sagebrush to the [false] west summit. From the west summit hump, descend east 35 feet to a saddle in easier sagebrush then climb east to the rocky, true summit of Penny Mountain. The summit offers a magnificent view of Ketchum. There is no summit cairn.

From the summit, descend back to the saddle between the true summit and the west summit. From the saddle, descend a sagebrush-filled dry gully northwest then west to return to the minor ridge at the north end of the cemetery. This descent route is a more direct route up the west face and avoids a climb of the false summit and I recommend it (or one of the aforementioned foot trails on the summit ridge) as a better ascent route than the one that I took.

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Mountain Range: Boulder Mountains

Longitude: -114.36291   Latitude: 43.68701

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