Dollarhide Mountain is more of a highpoint along a ridge than a peak. Its somewhat bland appearence leaves a lot to be desired.
It is located directly along the main crest of Smoky Mountains. It has a tree and sage covered summit and is in a quite remote location; nearly 30 miles from any town.
Although it may be isolated from any towns, its close proximity to Dollarhide Summit on Warm Springs Road makes this a fun, short hike for anyone wishes to get a quick peak under their belts.
To access Dollarhide Mountain from Ketchum, Idaho, drive to the north side of town and turn onto Warm Springs Road. Follow this road through subdivisions and past ski lifts until it turns to a good gravel road.
Continue along Warm Spings Road for 30 miles on occasional rough dirt road conditions until reaching Dollarhide Summit at 8,700'. Park on the north side of the pass.
From the parking area at the top of Dollarhide Summit. Park and walk the rest of the road to top of a small hill where the road becomes a faint trail.
Hike this trail, which has fairly good footing, to the top of Pt. 9,178. The trail disapears at this point and it is an easy ridge walk to the summit of Dollarhide Mountain. Enjoy wonderful views of the vast Idaho wilderness at the top.
No red tape or permits required in this area.
Warm Springs Road is plowed to Warfield Hot Springs in winter, quite a ways from Dollarhide Summit.
When To Climb
Dollarhide Mountain is climbable as soon as Dollarhide Summit opens. However, due to large amounts of snow recieved in winter, in some years, this may not happen until mid-July.
A winter ascent would only be made difficult by the long approach required from Warfield Hot Springs where Warm Springs Road is plowed to during winter.
There are countless camping spots but no campgrounds along Warm Springs Road. There is also some room, albeit little privacy, to camp at Dollarhide Summit.
Dollarhide Mountain is quite isolated and not located near any major reporting stations but the Dollarhide Summit SNOTEL is located very near the actual summit.
The following links also provide excellent information on local conditions.
Sawtooth Avalanche Center- Gives daily avalanche reports during winter.