Elevation: 9,623 ft
This peak is not in the book. Margo Mandella and Livingston Douglas provided the route updates found below. Updated November 2020
White Mountains West is located at the south end of Copper Basin between Broad Canyon and Bear Creek. It is in the White Mountains Range, a small mountain range comprised of only two summits. White Mountains West is the [higher] ranked peak. Both White Mountains summits are dominated by bigger peaks of the nearby Pioneer Mountains. Both peaks provide a good place to observe the surrounding country. The peak is circled by roads and trails, so access is good. White Mountains West is one of five White Mountains in Idaho, and one of 31 named peaks and high points with the word “white” in the name. USGS Star Hope Mine
Access is from Copper Basin. Follow the Copper Basin Loop Road [(C)(3) on Page 260] to Star Hope Campground. From the campground, FST-062/Bear Canyon Trail [(C)(3)(c) on Page 260] runs along the south side of White Mountain. This trail reaches a junction with FST-043 southwest of the summit of White Mountain. FST-043 climbs north to a pass on the peak’s north ridge.
Ridge Traverse from White Mountains East by Livingston Douglas
The Traverse, Class 2
From the summit of White Mountains East, follow the ridge crest southwest to a saddle. Continue southwest along the easy, open ridge crest to reach the top of the middle summit (Point 9440+). This point has a nice cairn atop it. Continue west along the ridge crest to reach the summit of White Mountains West (9,623 feet). This ridge traverse is on mostly open ground and presents no problems, just some ups and downs. The summit of White Mountains West has a modest cairn.
2016 Trip Report by Margo Mandella
The day after the 2016 IdahoSummits Fall Outing, Dan Robbins and three others climbed White Mountains West (and East) and contributed the following photos, GPS track, and a link (below) to Dan’s trip report. Class 2.
Our route began from the Star Hope Campground on the Bear Canyon trail.
We followed the trail until we reached a point that was suitable to go off-trail and head toward the summit ridge.
We enjoyed a short, view-filled trek to the actual summit.