Lem peak is a remote peak in the northern Lemhi Range in Idaho. It is the highest point in the northern Lemhi’s at just shy of 11,000 ft. It has 4 climbable ridges that lead to its summit. None of these ridges required technical climbing equipment. Northwest Ridge, Northeast Ridge, Southeast Ridge, Southwest Ridge.
The primary access to this peak is from the East side. The access road is Hayden creek road which is approx 27 miles south of the town of Salmon on ID 28. Turn west onto Hayden creek road which is paved for about 3.5 miles. At this point you reach the basin creek intersection, the road turns to gravel, and you go left. The road gradually narrows, and at 8 miles you enter the Salmon Challis National Forest. Just beyond the forest boundary you reach another fork, where you go right. A sign will indicate that you are heading towards Bear Valley lake Trail. Stay on this road until it ends at a well developed trailhead. You will pass a trailhead for pack and saddle horses at around 12.5 miles. Just past 13 miles you will hit the hiker’s trailhead.
No parking fees, no permits required
When To Climb
Standard Idaho Climbing Season – July through September. I would doubt if this road is kept clear in winter.
Trailhead: Camping available at the trailhead. There is a bathroom, as well as a pump well. The water is drinkable, but comes out a rust color, and has a metal smell/taste. Elevation: 6,800 ft.
Buck Lakes: Primitive camping is available – no permits required. Elevation Range: ~ 8000 – 9000 ft.
Bear Valley Lakes: Primitive camping is available – no permits required.
Salmon-challis National Forest
Leadore Ranger District
176 North Railroad Street
P O Box 180
Leadore, Idaho 83464
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays