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Southwest above Rough Creek

Southwest above Rough Creek

Southwest above Rough Creek

Page Type: Route

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Object Title: Southwest above Rough Creek

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 2 hike

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Page By: toddschwarz

Created/Edited: Aug 23, 2009 / Aug 23, 2009

Object ID: 544070

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This is a slightly different approach and starts higher than the south face route described by idahosummits on the main page. It involves a bit of bushwhacking but no more than the south route.

Getting There

The best advice I can give is to use this map:

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Route Description

The route starts up an ATV track from the suggested parking area. Head north and after no more than 200 yards watch for a trail breaking across a contour toward Rough Creek on the right. It will intersect Rough Creek where a spring drops in with a lot of foliage and timber above.

Cut up to the right (east) and follow the spring/vegetation up and over a knoll. Lots of sheep sign (we actually saw bear sign) where the vegetation has been knocked down. This is a good path to follow.

Continue to angle up, staying to the right of the trees as you move up and around to break into the open. Continue to angle up the slope to the ridge. The rock tower on the ridge is a good target if you stay to the right of it.

This angle will intersect the summit ridge and the views to the north are outstanding once you crest this ridge. The summit block to the northeast is obvious once on the ridge and the rest is easy.

This route is less than two miles and around 2400' vertical. The south route is closer to 3000' than what shows up on the main page (3700').


Looking NorthSmoky DomeMarkersmall waterfall along the ascentlower slopes of the ascentascent slopes getting a little rockierascent getting rockier
looking down the upper rockier slopes