Ascent of Council Mountain on 2011-09-18

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Council Mountain
    Elevation:8126 ft / 2476 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drive to Deseret Cabin Trailhead. Here is one way to do it: From Hwy 55 in Donnelly, ID go west on Roseberry Road (on the north side of the Sinclair station). Follow this 3.6 miles and turn right on West Mountain Rd. Zero your odometer here. At 1.2 miles bear left on No Business Rd. At 4.8 miles keep right on FR 186. At 7.1 miles turn right on FR 425. At 11.9 miles turn left on FR 165. At 13.0 miles keep right (don't go left onto FR 166). At 13.3 miles stay straight where FR 172 goes right. At 14.2 miles is a signed junction to the Deseret Cabin/Trail 201 trailhead. Passenger cars should be able to get here in dry conditions. If you can, drive the road south to the trailhead one mile farther - high clearance may be necessary, depending on recent road maintenance or lack thereof.

You should also be able to reach the same point from around Council, ID to the west. Use your maps to find the route that works for you.

For the hike, follow signed Trail 201 (which starts as an ATV trail) to the ridge overlooking Granite Basin. Turn right at the signed junction toward the "Council Mountain Trail" another 1/4-mile southwest. At this junction you don't want the Council Mountain Trail but the unmapped (on my topo, anyway) but signed Sheep Creek Trail which climbs to the northwest ridge of Council Mountain and goes to the base of the peak before dropping south and west. Leave the trail at this point and walk to the summit. See the attached GPS track.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1876 ft / 571 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Route:Deseret Cabin TH
    Trailhead:6450 ft / 1965 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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