Squaw Butte South

Elevation: 5,894 ft
Prominence: 354

This peak is not in the book.


Squaw Butte South is the second highest point on the Squaw Butte massif. Most people incorrectly believe the summit of Squaw Butte is at a fire lookout located at the southern end of Squaw Butte South. The lookout is not the highest point of either Squaw Butte South or Squaw Butte. The highest point on Squaw Butte South is 5,894 feet. The lookout’s elevation is 5,874. In between these two points are two other points of almost equal altitude. The actual high point of Squaw Butte is only two feet higher than Squaw Butte South. Thus, if you want to claim an ascent of Squaw Butte South, you have to go to the north end of the ridge containing the lookout. The high point is not Point 5870 which has a large brick building on its top but the next peak north.

Access details are found on the Squaw Butte page. To climb to the highest point of Squaw Butte South follow the road to the point where it crosses the summit ridge just south of the summit. Look for a sketchy trail through the brush and follow it to the summit. There is a short Class 3 scramble just before the summit. USGS Squaw Butte

Leave the road at this point and make the short bushwhack to the summit.

Leave the road at this point and make the short bushwhack to the summit.

Squaw Butte South from Squaw Butte.

Squaw Butte South from Squaw Butte.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: West Mountains

Year Climbed: 2017

Longitude: -116.40279   Latitude: 44.02489

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