Elevation: 8,533 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published June 2018
Steamboat has over 2000 feet of prominence and thus, is highly prized by P2K peakbaggers. The peak is the high point on a long north/south ridge line in the middle of the proverbial “nowhere.” It was a fire lookout. It has two summits of almost equal height. My GPS reported the southern summit as slightly higher. The views from both summits are expansive.
The summit is accessed by a trail which leaves the Warren Wagon Road, FS-21 [(B)(2) page 135] east of the outlier community of Secesh at the point where the road crosses Stratton Creek (just east of Steamboat Summit). In 2018 the trailhead was not signed. There is enough parking for one or two vehicles.
Route FS-128, Class 1+
FS-128 takes you, more or less, to both summits in 3.0 miles. In 2018 the trail was in poor condition. I estimate that the tread is difficult to follow for 50 percent of the distance to the summit. A lot of the distance has burned and downed timber complicates finding the path.
There is a trail marker at the start. Soon after leaving the road the trail forks. Take the right fork which quickly crosses the creek. The next half mile is mostly nonexistent but does follows the line shown on the map. After this section the trail is cairned to the saddle south of Point 7768. The trail once again disappears but generally follows the line shown on the map.
USGS Loon Lake