Date: August 19. 2017.
Objectives: Snowbank Mountain 8,340ft. Range highpoint of the West Mountains. P2K. Granite Mountain,
Stats: Strava track. 2.4 miles and 700ft gain in 2 hours round trip. Includes extra hiking just for kicks.
Partners: Deez and Dog.
Gear notes: N/A.
Links: Snowbank Mountain and Granite Peak on Idaho: A Climbing Guide.
We had an open day with time to kill but we didn't want to venture too far from town. The potential for bad traffic due to the eclipse had us guessing, but we still wanted to get out. When we did Tripod Peak last year we had planned to do the quick hike up Snowbank, but ran out of time. Fast forward one year and there we were.
There were a lot of people camped out for the eclipse just two days way. This day was particularly hazy and the views were not real great.
Collier Peak looked interesting but the smoke in the air made our minds up to not go for it. The route up Snowbank just follows the road so it wasn't too interesting but the summit itself is pretty cool. Snowbank Mountain has more than 3,000 feet of prominence, or what is known as a P2K, a peak with more than 2,000 feet of prominence. On a clear day the view would be more dramatic.
|Deez on the summit.|
We hiked out onto this ridge just for kicks.
|East side of the summit.|
|Hiking the east ridge.|
|Just below the summit.|
|Snowbank on Snowbank.|
After a bit of walking and going back up Snowbank mountain, we drove to the base of Granite Mountain to make it a two peak day. Granite is a short walk from the road so make sure you get it when you're in the area.
This horn looked interesting. It might need to be investigated.
|Top of Granite Peak.|