OverviewLime Mountain is a large mountain located in the White Knob Mountains of Central Idaho. Standing at 11,179 ft. it is one of the four 11ers in the range and can easily be climbed in conjunction with the other three: Shelly, Redbird, and Cabin Mountain. It is a class 2 climb and ranks as the 79th highest peak in Idaho.
This mountain is unique because of its incredibly broad and flat summit. It is perhaps the broadest summit of any 11,000 ft. peak in Idaho, being somewhat of a high plateau. Although the summit is broad and flat, the northern and eastern faces are quite precipitous. When approached from the west or the south though, the mountain rises gradually to the summit plateau, the highest point of which is located at the northeastern tip.
The name Lime Mountain is misleading as it is neither green nor made of limestone.
Getting ThereAccess to this mountain is pretty much the same as it is for Shelly and Redbird Mountain. Follow Highway 93 north from Arco until you reach the microscopic community of Darlington. Turn left on Smith road and follow it towards the hills to the west. Eventually it will turn to the north and become Dove Road. Anywhere the road splits always stick to the left (west). Just past a very remote ranch house it will finally turn into Alder Creek Road and will enter the Challis National Forest. From here on the road gets worse until it deteriorates into an ATV track leading to the 10,000 ft. summit at the head of Stewart Canyon.
There has also been quite a bit of mining activity in the area so be mindful of mine shafts, especially in Stewart Canyon.