Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 44.99619°N / 115.926°W
Additional Information County: Valley
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 8875 ft / 2705 m
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RouteThe normal route starts on the Snowslide Lake trail and ascends to Snowslide Summit (pass). From there, it is a Class 2 ridge walk with perhaps some Class 3 scrambling near the top. Total climb is about 3.5 miles each way, and with a 2900' elevation gain.

Note that there is some more difficult scrambling if you stay on he ridge top, and most parties will get treed at some point. Instead, drop off the ridge on the east side (climber's right) until you get to the open granite section. Then scramble up whatever looks easiest or best.This pass is reached by trail from Snowslide Lake.
Snowslide Summit can also be reached on a trail from Maki Lake. This trail originates at the Lake Fork Creek campground.

Getting There

The road can be rough, but it's generally passable for any vehicle. From downtown McCall, it is about 15 miles to the Snowslide Lake trailhead.

The McCall area gets lots of winter snow, so the roads to access this peak are closed from roughly late November until late May. Also, this is a popular big-game hunting area (including the trails walked to climb the peak). Check before you head out.

Note that trail conditions in this area vary from wonderful to undiscoverable, sometimes in the space of a few hundred yards. Basically, the Payette National Forest doesn't expend a lot of energy toward people who aren't using motor vehicles.

Red Tape

No red tape. Parking at the trailhead is limited.


However, there are numerous unofficial campsites along Lake Fork Creek.The map shows a Black Lee campground, but it's mostly just a dirt pull-out, and not recommended.

Or you can stay in McCall at either one of the many hotels, or try Ponderosa State Park (usually requires reservations). 

External Links
For additional information on this climb and other peaks in the area, please see Tom Lopez's excellent book, Idaho: A Climbing Guide