OverviewFreeman Peak is one of a series of distinctive peaks that guard the eastern horizon above Salmon, Idaho. Though it may be only the sixth highest peak in the northern stretch of the Beaverheads, it is certainly the most rugged peak of any in the whole Beaverhead inventory.
On a clear day, the summit offers excellent views of Montana's East Pioneer and Anaconda/Pintler ranges along with peaks in Idaho's northern Lemhi range. You can also easily see at least a dozen Beaverhead peaks - named and unnamed.
Tom Lopez ranks this as one of his top ten favorite climbs in the state of Idaho. For those who ascend Freeman Peak it is easy to understand this sentiment. Idaho A Climbing Guide
There is great access to the base of the mountain and East face/ridge route via an old mining road. Once you arrive, that easy hike quickly gives way to the challenging route that awaits.
For the experienced climber who wants a challenge on a great peak, to the climber who is no longer a novice and wants to push their skills, Freeman Peak has plenty to offer for both.
Getting ThereThe trailhead directions may be found under the route description provided by thephotohiker.
Access is via Carmen Creek and Freeman Creek roads. Carmen Creek road is located four miles north of Salmon on US 93.
Summit RoutesPlease see the route description provided by thephotohiker.
In addition to the East face/ridge route, Lopez indicates that Freeman has been climbed via its three major ridges (northeast, southeast, and southwest). All three are quite rugged and one should prepare for at least Class 4 and above on all of them.
CampingThe small grassy clearing next to Freeman Creek described in the trailhead section seems to be the most popular choice.
There is also adequate space 1/2 mile beyond the small grassy clearing where the access road for Copperhead Peak is located.
For those who want to backpack in to the base of the east face, you can find a variety of good space to set up camp. There is also plenty of water available from the upper reaches of Freeman Creek.
If you want to stay a little closer to civilization, there are a number of paved overnight 'Recreation Areas' up and down US 93 right on the Salmon River.
When to ClimbAugust, September, and into October depending on late season weather.
The upper gully holds snow year round and has a consistency more like ice than snow. A summit effort should be weighed out based on adequate snow melt in the upper gully so that the permanent snow can be avoided.
Red TapeThe current fee is $5.00 to park overnight in one of the 'Recreation Areas' on the Salmon River.
There may be fire restrictions for building a campfire during extreme fire conditions. The BLM office in Salmon can give current fire status.
Otherwise, this is still wide open Idaho and red tape is at a minimum.
Area AdministratorsBLM Idaho:
Salmon Field Office
1206 S. Challis St.
Salmon, Idaho 83467
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Forest Supervisor's Office
50 Hwy 93 South
Salmon, Idaho 83467