Braxon Peak lies hidden in the heart of the rugged Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho. It has been called the summit with the most comprehensive view of the range.
Although Braxon Peak is centrally located in the Sawtooth Moutains, this mountain is quite unique to the area. While most Sawtooth summits are composed of solid granite and slabs of flawless rock, the summit of Braxon Peak is made of crumbling sandstone-like material.
The slopes surrounding it are made up of numerous, unnamed and unnclimbed spires and towers. The unique color of rock, as well as the rare crystals, which can be found in the area, certainly make this a special mountain.
Braxon Peak is rarely climbed. It's close proximity to the Elephants Perch, Mount Heyburn, The Grand Mogul, as well as several other popular climbing areas, creates a tendency for climbers to bypass Braxon Peak. In fact, there is no rock cairn on the summit, which truly paints a picture for how seldom climbed the peak is.
There is only one known route to the summit, and because of the nature of the rock, it may be the only
route as well.
To access Braxon Peak from Ketchum and Sun Valley Idaho, drive north on Highway 75 over Galena Summit and into the Sawtooth Valley.
Drive to the obvious turnoff for Redfish Lake, just a few miles before Stanley, and follow the signs that lead you to the main lodge.
From Redfish Lake Lodge, take the transfer boat to the far end of the lake. These small boats run from 7a.m. to 5.p.m. roughly every two hours. Check for a schedule once you arrive. Otherwise it is a 5 miles hike around the massive lake.
The main route is the East Ridge that starts from Redfish Creek. See the East Ridge Route page for more details.
Braxon Peak is located in the Sawtooth Wilderness Area.
When To Climb
A winter descent would be quite difficult as access would surely be an issue as well as avalanche danger on the approach through the unnamed drainage.
The East Ridge Route is usually snow free roughly from mid July through September.
The Redfish Lake area may be the camping capital of Idaho. There are many campgrounds and camping opportunities in the area. The Redfish Lodge Website
gives a complete list of CGs and explanation of the area, as well as offers cabins over night.
As for camping near Braxon, there is plenty of room to plop down a tent at the base of the peak at the unnamed lakes.
This is real rugged and remote terrain. Any sort of weather is possible year-round in the Sawtooth Mountains. There has been snow reported in every month at the higher elevations.
A good idea for mountain conditions can be found on these sites
NOAA Pinpoint Forecast- Will give a general future forecast for the area.
Sawtooth Avalanche Center- Gives daily avalanche reports during winter.
Idaho Outdoors Forum- Frequent reports of local conditions and climbs in the area.
Sawtooth National Forest Website- Provides information on road closures, wildfires, and other current happenings in the area.