Whitehawk Mountain

Elevation: 8,380 ft
Prominence: 400

The highest point on Whitehawk Mountain viewed from the lookout.

This peak is not in the book. Updated August 2019


Whitehawk Mountain is located north of Lowman, Idaho and west of the impressive Big Meadows. The peak has a fire lookout on the southern end of its north-south summit ridge. The lookout has not been used since the Pioneer Fire burned much of the surrounding area. The view from the top is overwhelming and includes the Sawtooth Range and huge sections of the Salmon River and Boise Mountains. Peak 8420 is located roughly 1.5 miles north of the lookout.

The highest point on Whitehawk Mountain viewed from the lookout.

The highest point on Whitehawk Mountain viewed from the lookout.

The fire lookout site is not the mountain’s highest point. The highest point, by 11 feet, is on the north end of the ridge. USGS Whitehawk Mountain

Access

A rough road leads to the summit. The road is gated 0.9 miles before the summit. From Lowman, take the Clear Creek Road, FS-582 [(E)(1.1)] north out of Lowman north to Big Meadows. At 12.0 miles, there is a junction. (If you go straight you will eventually reach the trailhead for Red Mountain.) Take a hard left and follow the now steep and narrow road up and over Clear Creek Summit and then down into Big Meadows after another 7.6 miles. The junction for the Whitehawk Mountain Road, FS-569 is festooned with signs discussing the meadow’s interesting history. Turn onto FS-569 and follow it to the summit, A 4WD is recommended. There is poor parking just before the gate.

The junction for FS-599 in Big Meadows.

The junction for FS-599 in Big Meadows.

Summit Ridge, Class 2

From the road’s end at the lookout follow the open ridge north to the high point. The tread of an old trail can be followed much of the way. The distance from the lookout to the high point is roughly 0.6 miles with a minimum of up and down.

The lookout in 2019.

The lookout in 2019.

My GPS track. It is 0.9 miles with 460 feet of gain from the gate to the lookout and another 0.6 miles to the high point.

My GPS track. It is 0.9 miles with 460 feet of gain from the gate to the lookout and another 0.6 miles to the high point.

Older Boise National Forest maps shows two trails leading to the summit. The first trail is FST-021 which leads to the summit from the west. If this trail is still exists it leaves FS-510 near Whitehawk Basin. The second trail is FST-022 which also starts along FS-510 and approaches the peak from,the south. Neither trail is shown on them USGS topo map or the newest Forest Service map.

Deadwood Reservoir and Deadwood Ridge from the lookout.

Deadwood Reservoir and Deadwood Ridge from the lookout.

Looking northeast from the lookout.

 

Mountain Range: Central Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2019

Longitude: -115.53229   Latitude: 44.29469

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