OverviewThe Brundage Mountain ski area claims "the best snow in Idaho." Ironically, the Brundage Mountain ski area is not on the true summit of Brundage Mountain, but a highpoint on Brundage Mountain's south ridge. Consequently, locals refer to the highpoint as "Sargent's." Sargent's is a popular backcountry ski destination.
Whether you hike or ski Brundage Mountain, you're in for a scenic outing that gains the north-south trending ridge. From this ridge, you can see the Seven Devils, Wallowas, and pretty much the entire Lick Creek range. Although much of the hiking (especially if you ascend via the ski runs) is low angle and grassy, the ridge doe sport some rocky and cliffy areas.
During the summer, the ski area promotes a network of mountain bike trails. So often, the resort's lodge is open for libations, etc.
4 miles round trip
Expect to take about 3 or 4 hours
Note: If you are there in other than snow season, consider also hiking down to Goose Creek Falls. You pass the trailhead about a mile before the ski area.
Getting ThereThe best place to park to hike or ski Brundage Mountain is the parking lot for the Brundage Mountain ski area. From Highway 55 north of McCall, the turnoff is well-signed. Follow the paved road to the ski area. From downtown McCall it takes about 20 minutes.
If you are skiing, park at the upper end of the upper parking lot. Skin up the steep hill opposite the lodge. When you hit the road (heavily snowmobiled, sorry), turn right.
Red TapeNo real red tape, but this is snow country so check road conditions before you go. Use of the ski area is subject to their rules.
CampingThere are a variety of Forest Service campgrounds in the area, as well as lots of opportunities for primitive camping. Refer to the Forest Service map. When open, the Goose Creek campground is quite nice (head downhill on the highway from the Brundage turnoff and proceed toward New Meadows).
Or stay at one of the many hotels in McCall.
External LinksPayette national Forest
City of McCall
Splattski trip report with pictures
Brundage Mountain web cams (including McCall)
May Hardware cam, looking at Brundage Mountain from downtown McCall
Idaho road conditions
For additional information on this climb and other peaks in the area, please see Tom Lopez's excellent book, Idaho: A Climbing Guide.