Split Creek Point

Elevation: 6,628 ft

This peak is not in the book.


Split Creek Point was once the home of a 75 tall foot lookout tower. Its summit is still graced by a cabin built in the 1930s. The peak stands east of the main Lick Creek Subrange crest and west of the Sesech River which cuts a deep canyon along its flank. Unlike the majority of mountains in this area Split Creek Point has not burned and the approach trail takes you through a lush forest.

The summit is reached by a trail which begins at a well marked trailhead along the Lick Creek Road. The trail begins at roughly 4300 feet and climbs directly north to a saddle at 6,000 feet. The trail then cuts back to the southeast following a ridge that leads to the 6,628 foot summit. I have only followed the trail when it was mostly covered by snow but in the spots where the snow was melted, there was a descent tread visible. When I hiked the trail we had five different GPS devices in the group and none of them came up with the same distance. I think it safe to say that the hike is 6.0 to 6.5 miles one way.

The summit cabin is probably tje best built cabin in Idaho. Despite years of neglect it is still standing strong with straight lines and a functioning roof.

The summit cabin is probably tje best built cabin in Idaho. Despite years of neglect it is still standing strong with straight lines and a functioning roof.

My GPS track. We ascended via the trail and descended via the peak's long, brushy, deadfall covered south ridge.

My GPS track. We ascended via the trail and descended via the peak’s long, brushy, deadfall covered south ridge.

The well signed trailhead. Dave Pahlas Photo

The well signed trailhead. Dave Pahlas Photo

USGS Enos Lake

 

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2016

Longitude: -115.77509   Latitude: 45.10789

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