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Owl Creek Approach

Owl Creek Approach

Owl Creek Approach

Page Type: Route

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.83050°N / 114.7192°W

Object Title: Owl Creek Approach

Route Type: Bushwhack/Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class III

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Page By: IdahoKid

Created/Edited: Aug 24, 2005 / Aug 24, 2005

Object ID: 166452

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For access to the Owl Creek Approach, drive roughly 20 miles north of Ketchum, Idaho on Highway 75. Look for a small pullout on the western side of the highway as it round the bend at the mouth of Owl Creek.

From the pullout a small dirt road leads west toward the canyon. The road then fords the Big Wood River, which is impossible until late-summer, and even then is quite difficult. After the river crossing, the road climbs onto a high meadow into the forest next to Owl Creek. The road is in suprisingly good shape for the first 1.5 miles.

At 1.5 miles, a large tree has fallen and blocked the road. Follow the faint path that cars have made around the south side of the fallen tree and return to the Owl Creek Road. The road continues to be relatively smooth with an exception here and there of stream crossings and rock outcroppings.

Just before the road ends at about 7,900', the road is burmed up and is no longer passable by vehicles.

A four-wheel drive, high clearence vehicle is needed for this approach.

Route Description

Requirements For Climbing Bromaghin Via Owl Creek
  • Good route finding skills
  • Galena USGS Topo Map
  • Minor scrambling experience

    Route Stats
  • Total Mileage:3.5
  • Total Elevation Gain:2,300'
  • Class:III

    From the spot where Owl Creek Road is impassable, continue by foot the short distance that the road remains intact. At about 8,000', the Right Fork of Owl Creek enters from the northwest. Follow along this stream remaining on the north side for best conditions.

    Continue traveling cross country, always keeping to the north side if the stream splits, until reaching 9,000'. Here, scramble up a steep hillside through sage to enter the basin below Bromaghin Peak. Turn southwest and climb up to the saddle between Bromaghin Peak and Titus Peak.

    Then turn south and head toward the ominous looking summit block. From the base of the block, there a several suitable routes that can be utilized to summit Bromaghin, all of which include minor class III climbing on stable rock.

    Once at the summit, enjoy the best views of Saviers Peak from any other mountain.

    Essential Gear

    No special gear is required. No ropes are neccessary either for the short scrambling portion of this route.

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    The summit block of Bromaghin...Bromaghin Peak from the...The Owl Creek Approach, seen...