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Ascent of Lewis County High Point on 2020-06-02

Climber: Daniel Coulter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Lewis County High Point
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:4795 ft / 1461 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access: Based on some old reports and Google Earth, I decided to approach the Lewis County High Point from the north. From Soldiers Meadows Road (an excellent dirt road), I turned south onto Hoover Point Road. Hoover Point Road was heavily rutted and required high clearance at the time of my visit, although I do not know if this is normal. I followed Hoover Point Road until the point where it bends to the southwest, where I stayed south along Marek Road. Along Marek Road I passed through an open gate and then it turned to the east. After this turn to the east, I took the first spur road to the right (south). This is a very primitive road and was muddy with fairly deep puddles when I visited. High clearance required and 4WD highly recommended if there is any mud. I followed this road for a few tenths of a mile until I came across a primitive gate, which is where I parked. While I believe the drive-in and/or hike are on private land, I saw no negative signage and previous reports have stated that the owners are fine with peakbaggers (just not hunters). It appears that you can also approach from the east, but I have no information on that route.

The Climb: The gate, which was along a barbed wire fence, was unlocked so I passed through and continued along the primitive road. Eventually a second gate much like the first is encountered and I passed through that as well, still seeing no negative signage. Not long after the second gate the road jogs left and shortly after that I found the high point spot off in the woods using the Peakbagger app. This area is pretty flat so choosing the exact highest point is almost impossible, but the coordinates on Peakbagger seemed pretty good.

My Thoughts: Going into this one I didn't know what to expect considering the private land aspect and lack of recent reports. In the end it was actually quite simple (if you have the appropriate vehicle). There was no negative signage and I was able to drive quite close to the high point, making it a short and simple road hike. Overall, a pretty unspectacular peak, but one that can easily be done along with nearby Craig Mountain.

I am always looking for climbing partners, so feel free to contact me if you want to team up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:36 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Old Road
    Trailhead:Gate  4759 ft / 1450 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:10 Minutes



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