Steamboat Benchmark

Elevation: 8,533 ft
Prominence: 2,080

The northern summit of Steamboat viewed from the trail.

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 northern summit of Steamboat viewed from the trail.

The northern summit of Steamboat viewed from the trail.

Access

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.

The start of FS-128.

The start of FS-128.

This photo shows typical trail conditions in the first half mile.

This photo shows typical trail conditions in the first half mile.

The cairned section of trail is easier to follow but it does deviate from the line shown on the map. See the GPS track below.

The cairned section of trail is easier to follow but it does deviate from the line shown on the map. See the GPS track below.

My GPS track. For the most part we followed the tread.

My GPS track. For the most part we followed the tread.

Steamboat Benchmark viewed from the northwest.

Steamboat Benchmark viewed from the northwest.

The summit of Steamboat Peak. John Platt Photo

The summit of Steamboat Peak. John Platt Photo

USGS Loon Lake

 

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -115.75269   Latitude: 45.20939

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