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Blizzard Mountain

 
Blizzard Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.87466°N / 115.07845°W

Object Title: Blizzard Mountain

County: Elmore

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 9608 ft / 2929 m

 

Page By: SawtoothSean

Created/Edited: Oct 17, 2010 / Oct 18, 2010

Object ID: 671617

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Overview

Location: Extreme Southwestern Sawtooths, near the tiny town of Atlanta

Nearby Peaks: Greylock Mountain, Nahneke Mountain, Flat Top Mountain, Scenic Peak

Linkups: Greylock Mountain

Difficulty:  Class 3 (bushwhacking, endurance, steep rocky summit block)

Usage: scrambling

Terrain:  Rugged ridgeline above steep cliffs and brush

Traffic:  Virtually Non Existent (1 previous recorded ascent)

Summit Register:  Yes- PVC tube placed 10-2010 and the only existing signature was placed inside.  The original signature was in a baby food jar and it was from Aug 5, 1989 Sierra Peaks Section- Angeles Chapter (Gordon MacLeod and Barbara Lilly- Simi Valley)

History / Etymology:  Arval Anderson named this peak during the 1927 USFS mapping project. Which "was so named because they had a terrific snowstorm while they were there". (information courtesy of Super Dave and his research of Arval Anderson)

 

Misfire Lake
 

Getting There

Nearest Paved Roads:  ID-21  (from Boise via Edna Creek this drive is about 2.5 hrs)

Nearest Dirt Roads / Conditions:  China Basin/ Queens River Road (decent- usually passable without 4WD), Middle Fork of Boise River (Good), Swanholm Peak Road (Good), North Fork Boise River Road (Good), Edna Creek Road (Good)

Approach Trails / Conditions:  The Queens River trail is a good single track trail. The China Basin trail toward Atlanta is rough in the river valley section and gets better the higher up it climbs.

 

Point 9595 from Blizzard Mountain
 

Routes

Main Route:  Follow the Queens River Trail for 5.7 miles.  Leave the trail and climb steeply up through the cliff bands.  There are many options and routes, but also many vertical cliffs. Once above the cliffs, the slope eases, yet is very brushy.  Above 8000 feet is a talus field that will take you to the point between Blizzard and Point 9595 to the north. From the saddle, the ridge is straight forward.  Retrace your steps or continue on the ridge to Greylock Mountain.

Main Route Stats:  16.7 miles / 5033 feet (round trip)

Average RT Time:  7-9 hours 

Other Route:  Greylock-Blizzard Traverse- Follow the Queens River Trail for 2.7 miles to the right turn (south) onto the China Basin / Joe Daly trail.  This junction is marked with a small "Atlanta" sign.  Cross the Queens River and climb the switchbacks to an initial high point, then drop into China Basin and climb to the high point of this trail at 1.8 miles from the previous junction.  The trail from here drops down south to Atlanta, but leave the trail and follow the side ridge to a point between Point 8404 and Point 8826.  This section is the most rugged and loose of this climb.  From the saddle climb over Points 8826 and 9298.  The true summit is Point 9363.  Follow the ridge onto Blizzard Mountain for a great ridge traverse.

Other Route Stats:  17.8 miles / 7025 (round trip)

Average RT Time:  9-12 hours

 

Greylock and Blizzard
 

Red Tape

Jurisdiction:  Sawtooth National Forest

Permit:  Yes- self registration at trailhead

Other Users / Issues:  Hunters

Maps:  USGS Quad- Atlanta West, Atlanta East, Mt. Everly

Guide Book:  Tom Lopez,  Idaho: A Climbing Guide

 

Rugged Ridge
 

When To Climb

Climbing Season:  May - Oct

Ideal Climbing Time:  Sept

Nearest Weather Station:  Atlanta, Smiley Creek, Vienna Mine

Weather Relative to Region:  The trailhead is lower in elevation than much of the region and it similar to the Grandjean trailhead.  Expect slightly warmer and drier conditions.

 

Upper Queens River from Greylock
 

Camping

Car Camping Sites:  Queens River CG, Riverside CG, Camp Gulch CG

Backpacking Sites:  Along the Queens River, Misfire Lakes, lots of unnamed lakes below the ridge

 

Greylock-Blizzard Ridge
 

Flora & Fauna

Potential Wildlife:  Badger, Beaver, Black Bear, Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Cougar, Coyote, Elk, Marmot, Marten, Moose, Mountain Goat, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Grouse

Confirmed Wildlife: Mountain Goat, Elk, Marmot, Pika, Grouse

Vegetation:  Ponderosa, Lodgepole, Engelman Spruce

Images

Greylock RidgePoint 9595 from Blizzard MountainBlizzard MountainUpper Queens River from GreylockGreylock-Blizzard RidgeMisfire LakeBlizzard Mountain from Greylock
Blizzard and GreylockRugged RidgeGreylock and Blizzard