South Butte by Ken Jones

Elevation: 6,994 ft

This peak is not in the book.

South Butte, the highest point of the Monumental Buttes, has 2,307 feet of prominence and thus, it is highly sought by people attempting to climb all of Idaho’s P2K summits. USGS Monumental Buttes

Ken Jone’s route follows:

Ascent Trip Report

Drive: Follow FR 301 to its junction with FR 457. I came from Clarkia on Hwy 3; this is a distance of about 25 miles. A carefully driven passenger sedan might get through those miles, but don’t say I recommended it – I drove my 4Runner (in 2WD mode) and appreciated the clearance. FR 301 can also be followed to the same spot from the north at Avery, but I know nothing about that segment.

From the junction follow FR 457 for 2.5 miles to a poorly signed junction where you want to go left on FR 363. This very rough (in spots) road reaches a small pullout on the right at about 1.5 miles from the junction, and there is an ATV trail heading uphill to the left just beyond.

Hike: Follow the ATV trail to about 6580′ shortly before it dies out. At this point there is a cleared spot to the left and the track bends a bit right. If you look closely you may find a foot trail heading straight ahead. I left a couple of small cairns to point it out, but they may not last. If you can’t find the trail here, you can do what I did – follow the ATV track until it dies, continue uphill (bear left a bit), and stumble across the trail. This is the route shown on the GPS track attached. The trail leads to (and past) a shallow saddle with a rocky prominence on the left. Go right to the ridge, and right again (south) to the rock platform that used to hold a lookout. You can find John Vitz’s register in the rocks near a summit cairn; when I left there was John and Donna’s entry from 2007 and mine from 2011.

Ken's GPS track.

Ken’s GPS track.


Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Northern Clearwater Mountains

Longitude: -115.80801   Latitude: 47.02009

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