Red Rock Mountain

Elevation: 6,382 ft
Prominence: 402

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The west face of Red Rock Mountain.

This peak is not in the book. Published June 2020


Red Rock Mountain sits east of the main Jim Sage Mountains crest on the north side of Kane Canyon. The peak’s lower slopes are interspersed with juniper. The summit is covered by a ghost forest of burned trees. USGS Kane Canyon

The west face of Red Rock Mountain.

The west face of Red Rock Mountain

Access

From Malta, Idaho, drive south on Highway 81 for 6.0 miles. Turn west onto [signed] 2160 S. Kane Springs Road. The road is a good, county-maintained gravel road until it turns northwest toward a ranch. Turn left on the 2-track road that leaves the main road at this turn. The 2-track road is good at first but soon deteriorates. Keep your eyes open because there is a major washout that is somewhat hidden. If you are driving too fast, you could end up driving into it. This washout can be bypassed with some difficulty on the left.

After the washout, the road climbs up steeply and then levels off before reaching a junction. Go right at this junction and follow the road to the saddle on the west side of Red Rock Mountain. There is a fence and cattleguard on the pass. Park here. A 4WD is required. Additionally, I advise against using this route after the grass dries out. It would be nearly impossible to escape a range fire if you were on the upper portion of this road. See the map below.

West Face, Class 2

Follow the north side of the fence to the base of the mountain. Scramble up the steep face, dodging junipers along the way. Round trip from the cattleguard to the top is 0.7 miles with 450 feet of elevation gain.

The burned summit of Red Rock Mountain

 

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Albion Range

Year Climbed: 2020

Longitude: -113.45079   Latitude: 42.20319

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