OverviewThe General is a very remote peak about twenty miles north of Stanley, ID. At 10,341 feet, it is one of the tallest mountains in the Salmon River Mountain Range, and definitely the tallest mountain in the area. It's remote location creates an extremely secluded atmosphere around the mountain. As of July 25th, 2009, only three signatures were recorded in the log book (the first signature dating to 1994.) The mountain itself is made up of very fragile shale rock, making climbing the steep face nearly impossible.
The view from the top of the General is absolutely phenomenal. On a clear day it is easy to make out the far away Lost River Range and the jagged Sawtooth Range
Getting ThereThere are no roads that come close to this mountain. However, there is one good point at which you can begin a multiple day excursion towards the General.
Begin by heading north out of Stanley on ID-75. After 13 miles turn left on Yankee Fork Rd. Travel down the dirt road for roughly another 8 miles before turning left on Loon Creek Road at the Jordan Creek drainage. Drive up Loon Creek Road for some time, eventually making your way up some extremely steep switchbacks(4wd recommended.) At the top of the switchbacks you will find a sign marking the Loon Creek Pass. This is where you want to begin on foot, hiking northwest towards the mountain.
From this point, a good topo and a compass should be able to get you to the mountain. It is a good two-day hike to it. Be warned though, there are many cliffs of well over 200 feet that will sneak up on you. Always take your time and plan your routes with a topographical map.
If you are a nature lover, stay quite. This area is heavily populated with elk, bighorn sheep and mule deer. If you get lucky you can even spot rocky mountain goats, bald eagles, and the ultra rare wolverine.
Campsites Around the Mountain"Jordan Lake"
There is an unnamed lake at the foot of Mount Jordan, just southeast of the General. This lake is hard to get to without some cliff descents, but it's perfectly clear blue water is well worth it, and it offers a great angle for starting the General.
There is a lake that sits in a bowl just east of the General. The problem with this lake is that it is completely inaccessible without some steep rock climbing descents of over 200 feet. The bowl that it sits in has extremely steep and rugged edges to it. However, if you brave the down-climbing, the camping by the lake's outlet is superb.
Aside from your typical backpacking supplies it is recommended that you take at least one climbing rope to aid with the mandatory class 4 scrambling. Also, during the late summer the mosquitoes around these lakes are hungry. Definitely bring some powerful bug spray.
RoutesComing towards this mountain from Loon Creek Pass means that you only have two options for summiting. There is the South Ridge and the Southeast Ridge. Both ridges are made up of talus rock, and require much endurance to climb.
SeasonsThe only time of year that this mountain is accessible is from the middle of summer until the middle of fall. The snow is not plowed on any of the access roads during the winter, and takes until at least mid-June to melt off.
Red TapeLike most of Idaho's back-country, there is no red tape.
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