Elevation: 6,778 ft
This point is not in the book. Published June 2018
The Silver Creek Fire Look is located north of Garden Valley, Idaho on a long, steep-sided ridge that divides the Middle Fork Payette River from Silver Creek. This area is characterized by deep canyons, thick forests and the occasional but spectacular grantie slabs and spires. The fire lookout is peak is located on the south ridge of Peak 6812 and has minimal prominence. What this point lacks in prominence it makes up for in the panorama visible from the lookout. If the lookout is occupied when you visit please respect the lookout’s privacy.
From Garden Valley, Idaho leave the Banks/Lowman Highway (aka Payette River Road) and turn north on to the Middle Fork Payette River Road.[(D)(1.1) page 140.] Follow the road north, through downtown Garden Valley and then continue north for a total of 23.0 miles to the signed turn for the Silver Creek Lookout, FS-678. The Middle Fork Road is paved at first, then good gravel and then maintained dirt. FS-678 is a steep road with a lot of potholes. FS-678 reaches the ridge crest where there is a complicated intersection. Trun left and then immediately left again. This new road is designated FS-678B. Follow this road north to a junction in roughly three quarters of a mile. FS-678B continues right and FS-678C continues straight. In good conditions a 2WD with sufficient clearance and careful operation can reach this point. Park here as the road to the lookout is gated just above the junction. USGS Bull Creek Hot Springs.
FST-678B, Class 1
A small sign on the gate makes it clear the road is never open to private motor vehicles of any kind. Follow FS-678B past the gate to the Silver Creek Lookout in 1.5 miles with and a little under 700 feet of gain.
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