Ascent of Latour Peak on 2014-10-10

Climber: Ned Putnam

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, October 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Latour Peak
    Elevation:6408 ft / 1953 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the last of three county highpoints that I hit for the day, the others being the Benewah and Latah highpoints.

I came at it from the Latour Creek Road after seeing on this website that that would be the best option. You turn off the Latour Creek Road onto a decent gravel/rock road and drive up it until you get to a hairpin turn with another decent road off it and turn right (go straight). The road you want goes SE and the other goes back across the hillside to the north. On the way up this road, I passed a delimber and thought nothing of it (more on that later). Follow this road for a ways until you come to a Y where the decent road goes right, across the hillside. You want to go left, up the hill. This is where the road begins to deteriorate rapidly. From here, it is 4-4.5 miles of rough road to the saddle of the south ridge of Latour Peak. The road is navigable by car, but a vehicle with more clearance is highly recommended. I only kept going because a few weeks prior I drove the Lolo Motorway, which is by far the worst road I have EVER driven on. Also Mr. Hensley mentioned that the road was becoming overgrown, someone has since cut some of the brush along the road in the worst places.

I went to the Benewah County highpoint first as it was late afternoon and I wanted to get them both. The hike from the saddle was easy, there is an ATV trail that you can follow almost all the way to it. I also climbed the knob to the east of the Benewah highpoint to get a better view of Latour. After I got back to the saddle, I followed the ATV trail that runs straight up the south face of Latour to the top. There is a great view from the top because you can see for quite a ways in all directions. I also went over to the Twin Crags lookout site to have a look around and then followed the old narrow, but in good shape, road from there back to my car.

Driving back down probably took a little longer than going up. But, remember that delimber I passed on the way up? Well they had parked it right in the middle of the road that comes down the hill at the Y intersection. Thankfully, there were some hunters there who had just spent two hours winching their ATVs down the bank to the other road and I had my camping gear with me. They gave me a lift down to the nearby private Lost Moose Campground and the owners let me stay the night in the campground. They also called the IDL lands manager for that area and I'm sure she gave the logging company who owned the delimber an earful. She gave me a ride back up to my car after they had moved the delimber and that was that.
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Latour Peak from knob east of Benewah CoHP (2014-10-10). Photo by Ned Putnam.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:248 ft / 75 m
    Total Elevation Loss:488 ft / 148 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:248 ft / 75 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:S Latour Ridge
    Start Trailhead:S Latour Peak  6160 ft / 1877 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:488 ft / 148 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Twin Crags Lookout Rd
    End Trailhead:Rd 2309 at S Latour Ridge  5920 ft / 1804 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Latour Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Latour Peak-South Ridge Summit2014-10-10240 ft / 73 m
2Latour Peak2014-10-10248 ft / 76 m
Total Trip Gain: 488 ft / 149 m    Total Trip Loss: 488 ft / 149 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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