Elevation: 5,940 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Rocky Butte is an unranked summit just W of [ranked] Gilman Butte. It is a rocky outcrop, not a typical flat-topped butte. Rocky Butte is located on the south side of Croy Creek Road and Gilman Flat, due west of Bellevue, ID. It is a fun scramble from a saddle to its west on Rock Creek Road. There is a lot of private land in this area, so consult the BLM Fairfield map before tackling this climb. Beware of rattlesnakes and copperheads in this area. USGS Bellevue
West Face, Class 2
Date of Climb: June 6, 2019
From the junction of ID-75 and Bullion Street in Hailey, ID, drive W on Bullion Street/Road for 4.6 miles to a signed junction with Rock Creek Road. Turn L/S on Rock Creek Road and drive 1.4 miles to a saddle just W of Rocky Butte. The elevation here is 5,580 feet.
From the saddle, scramble E up a mix of scrub and talus/scree to reach the narrow, rocky summit. There is a nice cairn on top and a magnificent view of the ranches in Gilman Flat.
East Face (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the West Face Route
From the summit, descend E down the scrub and talus/scree face to reach a gentle saddle at the base of the East Face. There is some rock scrambling near the summit, but this is mostly a descent down easy scrub. Be on guard for snakes hiding in the rocks and grass. The saddle connects Rocky Butte to nearby Gilman Butte.