Red Rock Peak

Elevation: 8,193 ft
Prominence: 413

Red Rock Peak viewed from the north.

This peak is not in the book. Updated July 2019


Red Rock Peak, a former fire lookout site, is located in the Yellowjacket Mountains subrange of the Salmon River Mountains southeast of the Bighorn Crags. Like all fire lookout sites it has an exceptional view. Its history as a fire lookout is recounted down the page. USGS Blackbird Mountain

Red Rock Peak viewed from the north.

Red Rock Peak viewed from the north.

Access and Route, Class 1

The starting point for the drive to the summit begins on Panther Creek and utilizes FS-112 the road that leads to the Bighorn Crags. [(H)(4.1) page 143] Google Maps will give you good directions all the way to the summit and the signage is good. Basically, from Panther Creek follow FS-112 west for 15.0 miles to a four way junction. Turn left on this junction onto FS-110 and follow it south for 2.6 miles where there is a junction with the unnumbered road that leads up to a saddle just below the summit in 0.3 miles. From the saddle a short trail leads to the top.

My GPS track from the four way junction to the summit. FS-112 is fairly descent road. The unnumbered road is a 4WD road but was blocked by a tree.

My GPS track from the four way junction to the summit. FS-112 is fairly descent road. The unnumbered road is a 4WD road but was blocked by a tree.


Bing Young wrote the following about the lookout in 1982:

Red Rock is located in the heart of the Yellowjacket country at the head of Fourth of July Creek, directly above the old townsite of  Forney. Red Rock was used as a lookout before any building was  constructed. Smokechasers were stationed on Red Rock in the early  1920’s. The lookout was built in 1933 against the Supervisor’s preference to build one on Duck Creek Point (which was built a year or so  later).

The lookout was used at least‘ through the 1950’s as a primary lookout, but since its abandonment it has been burned. Today nothing remains of the building. Red Rock Peak has an excellent view of the Yellowjacket country, which no other lookout provides as effectively. Wayne O’Connor remembers that two of the seasons he was on Red Rock, he reported more “firsts” than any lookout on the Forest back in the early 1930’s.

Red Rock is easily accessible in the summer as a road passes right over the top. The road leaves Panther Creek, then climbs up to the ridge on which Red Rock, the higher of two close points, is located. The elevation is 8191 feet and the view is well worth the trip. Salmon National Forest Fire Lookouts by Bing Young 1982, page 32.

This garage like structure is in fair condition and shows signs of recent work.

This garage like structure is in fair condition and shows signs of recent work.

This concrete is all that remains of the lookout.

This concrete is all that remains of the lookout.

Looking down from the lookout site to the saddle.

Looking down from the lookout site to the saddle.

Mountain Range: Eastern Salmon River Mountains

Longitude: -114.42959   Latitude: 45.00049

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