Bell Mountain Climber's Log

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derekperc - Aug 10, 2018 1:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2018

West Ridge  Sucess!

Had no trouble driving out Basinger with an Outback- just had to straddle some ruts along the way.

Such a great route! Vertical is spread out evenly and the footing is always solid. The entire summit block is a scrambling playground. We were just picking out lines that looked fun rather than the easiest route. Stayed primarily on the west ridge. There's always the option to move 30 feet over toward the gully for easier terrain.


Peaker - Sep 14, 2017 6:22 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2017

West Face  Sucess!

There was a fire at the base of the canyon and west ridge that had just been put out and was still smoking a bit. It rained a bit while camping at the trailhead overnight so I decided to go for it. Fun scramble up the first gully and rib on the summit formation, not as loose as I anticipated.


idpeakgirl - Aug 16, 2015 8:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2015

From Basinger Creek  Sucess!

Eight hour leisurely day climb from camp at Basinger Creek.
The skeletal white bark pine trees along the lower section of the route where highlight of the day, but loved the scramble to the summit along the central, then right ribs.

Climbed Medusa and the Knoll the following day (great!) and Foss Mtn on the way home - good recovery hike.


scgrant - Aug 27, 2014 11:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2014

Bell  Sucess!

Fantastic hike. Kind of a miserable slog gaining the west ridge, but from there pretty awesome.


bhobbs - Feb 20, 2014 1:56 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2009


Will get another shot... I hope anyway


Mlasky - Sep 27, 2012 12:40 am Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012

Fun Peak  Sucess!

Nice summit block scramble. Good climb, good company!


mfox79 - Aug 26, 2012 11:40 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

Fun but...  Sucess!

The smoke killed my lungs as well as the views. other then that the climing was a fun sustained class 3 scramble for the final 900feet.This climb had a bit of everything from a forested trail to a forested class 2 hill slog to alpine scrambling. the register was missing though and kind of a shame after hearing about the history it contained. anyway it was another great day in the hills about 9 hours round trip.


idahomtnhigh - Aug 1, 2012 1:23 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012

West Face  Sucess!

Climbing with calebEOC and Troy B.

Troy B

Troy B - Jul 30, 2012 2:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012

West Ridge/ West Face  Sucess!

Climbed with calebEOC, he listed the details below. Loved the finish of this beautiful quartz peak.


calebEOC - Jul 30, 2012 10:37 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012

West Ridge  Sucess!

We camped near the cabin in Basinger Canyon as this was the only part of the canyon where we could find water. Started at 4am to avoid any trouble with afternoon thunderstorms which built up each of the three days we were hiking in this area. Gaining the upper ridge was fairly mundane and went quickly, scrambling up the bell however was one of the more entertaining climbs I have done. Route wasnt as steep as it looks from the valley floor. We were in the shade for the entirety of the ascent thanks to the giant shadow cast by the summit formation.


boisedoc - Jul 1, 2012 10:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2012

second times a charm  Sucess!

after getting turned back by some worrisome snow conditions in 2009, I had been biding my time to get back to finish this one. This time it was all dry. Very fun scramble up the west face. Exciting but never too exposed. I think this is one of Idaho's best scrambles. With a 4wd you can drive to 7600 feet in Basinger canyon. No one else around


jmarkham - Apr 24, 2012 7:52 pm

Bell Mountain  Sucess!

Twice up it; first sometime back in maybe 1980 and a wonderful trip back up in 2008; both up the southwest facing gully.


Scarp172 - Jan 5, 2011 6:13 pm Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2009

West Ridge

We took a hike up the ridge for a good day of snowshoeing, we'll come back for the summit another day.

Super Dave

Super Dave - Jun 14, 2009 8:10 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2009

Awesome Peak  Sucess!

Climbed from Basinger Canyon up to the West Ridge, the up steep warming snow up the west face. One of the most challenging climbs I’ve done. Here’s a trip-report and some photos.


nbasford - Dec 31, 2007 1:13 am

N coutair

Fun snow climb


montanaboy - Aug 7, 2007 12:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007

East ridge  Sucess!

Hiked up Bell Mountain canyon. Gained east ridge, climbed quartz filled gully just to the east of due south.

skunk ape

skunk ape - Feb 26, 2007 11:53 pm

Fun  Sucess!

From Black tail canyon.


patascent - Feb 18, 2007 2:48 am Date Climbed: Oct 10, 1998

West Face  Sucess!

Fun climb.


SawtoothSean - Dec 30, 2005 11:04 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: April 3, 2004

Deep spring snow most of the way made the going somewhat slow, even with snowshoes. Went with IdahoClimber, FastandLight, and KDonaldson


punk_rocker333 - Nov 30, 2005 7:15 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!

Fun class 2-3 hike up the gulley. One of my favorites. Saw a large herd of elk North of the Summit.

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