Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 44.04530°N / 113.6552°W
Additional Information County: Custer
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 11930 ft / 3636 m
Sign the Climber's Log


Location: South Central Lost River Range, just SE of the 12ers

Nearby Peaks: The Moat, Castle, Lost River Mountain, USGS, McCaleb, Little Mac

Linkups: Lost River Mountain (unverified)

Difficulty:  Class 2-3 (bushwhacking, endurance)

Usage: scrambling

Terrain:  Upper Cedar Creek requires some bushwhacking and route finding in a narrow canyon, upper slopes are broad open scree and talus

Traffic:  Very Light

Summit Register:  Yes- PVC tube placed 8-2010

History / Etymology:  Named for the perception that this peak is remote and hard to reach

Far Away Mountain Summit

Getting There

Nearest Paved Roads:  ID-93

Nearest Dirt Roads / Conditions:  Upper Cedar Creek Road (Very Good)- there is one irrigation canal crossing and 3 gates

Approach Trails / Conditions:  Upper Cedar Creek is a remnant trail that was once used to cross the range.  Because of the narrowness and steep slopes of this canyon, much of this trail is washed out, although there have been some recent attempts to improve this trail. Be prepared to cross and even walk through the creek.  Utilize the flats in the pines to find the trail.

Castle McCaleb Little Mac


Main Route:  Upper Cedar Creek (Class 2-3)-  Stay on the north side of Cedar Creek for 1 mile, then cross to the south side and find the intermittent trail.  At the 8400 contour there is a prominent split- keep left but stay on the south side of the creek.. Around 8600 feet, the creek valley ends, and the broad open talus slopes begin. Near here can also be the last water source during dry times.  Follow the steep talus slopes up the obvious valley toward the base of the peak.  The talus is mostly football sized and can be somewhat tedious, yet careful route finding can provide decent upward travel.  At the 10,600 mark there is a prominent bowl. From here climb north toward the summit ridge.  These slopes are mostly scree and there is 1 cliff band to easily circumnavigate. Aim for a point just west of the summit and then climb to the summit.  There was a large cairn at the top.

Main Route Stats:  9.3miles / 5903 (round trip)

Average RT Time:  7-9 hours

Other Routes:  East Face from Dry Creek (see Lopez)

Far Away Mountain

Red Tape

Jurisdiction:  Salmon-Challis National Forest

Permit:  None

Other Users / Issues:  Hunters

Maps:  USGS Quad- Leatherman Peak, Massacre Mountain

Guide Book:  Tom Lopez,  Idaho: A Climbing Guide

Peak 11312 from Far Away Mtn

When To Climb

Climbing Season:  Apr- Nov (year round opportunities in some years)

Ideal Climbing Time:  May-Oct

Nearest Weather Station:  Mackay

Weather Relative to Region:  Drier, colder

Far Away Mtn- upper slopes


Car Camping Sites:  Mackay Reservoir, Upper Cedar Creek

Backpacking Sites:  Not ideal because of the bushwhacking and lack of flat sites, although there are a few flat areas along Upper Cedar Creek

Far Away Mtn- summit ridge

Flora & Fauna

Potential Wildlife:  Badger, Beaver, Black Bear, Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Cougar, Coyote, Elk, Marmot, Marten, Moose, Mountain Goat, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Grouse, Pika, Fox

Confirmed Wildlife: Pronghorn, Coyote, Elk

Vegetation:  Stinging Nettles, Willow, Berry Brush, Pine (little vegetation above 8600 ft)

Far Away Mountan- The Moat Ridge

Lost River Night- Upper Cedar Creek