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Northwest Ridge

 
Northwest Ridge

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Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.03000°N / 114.636°W

Object Title: Northwest Ridge

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class II

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Page By: IdahoKid

Created/Edited: Nov 11, 2005 / Nov 11, 2005

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Approach


To access the standard Northwest Ridge Route from Ketchum Idaho, drive north on Highway 75 for 43 miles up and over Galena Pass at 8,700'. Look for the signed turnoff for Fourth of July Road and take it.

Recently improved, the Fourth of July Road is a major access point to the White Cloud Mountains. Drive 10 winding miles on a good gravel road through scores of burnt forests until reaching the Fourth of July Lake Trailhead. Park here.

Route Description


Route Stats
  • Total Mileage:4
  • Total Elevation Gain:2,000'
  • Class:II

    From the trailhead, take the Fourth of July Lake East less than a quarter of a mile until reaching the a mining road that leads to the south. Follow the mining road across the broad lower slopes of Fourth of July Peak.

    Pick a line through the forests to the east that best suites and bushwack to the base of the northwest ridge taking into factor that quite a bit of this area has been recently burned. At 9,400' the forest will clear at the base of the ridge. Scramble up loose rock and gently terrain for another 1,300' to the summit. Any obstacles that present themselves are easily bypassed on the south side of the ridge.

    Essential Gear


    No essential gear beyond the norm is required.

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