Rocky Butte by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 5,940 ft
Prominence: 240

The summit cairn atop Rocky Butte, looking NW across the ranch land of Gilman Flat. Livingston Douglas

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

The summit cairn atop Rocky Butte, looking NW across the ranch land of Gilman Flat. Livingston Douglas

The summit cairn atop Rocky Butte, looking NW across the ranch land of Gilman Flat. Livingston Douglas

West Face, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 6, 2019

Access

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.

The Climb

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

Access

Same as for the West Face Route

The Descent

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.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Smoky Mountains

Longitude: -114.37569   Latitude: 43.45529

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