How to get to Pinyon Peak, Idaho's breathtaking mountain peak and fire lookout

Pinyon Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.032m (9,947ft) above the sea level located in Custer County, in the U.S. state of Idaho. It's one of the highest roads in Idaho.

Pinyon Peak

Can you drive to Pinyon Peak in Idaho?

Tucked away in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, in the center of the U.S. state of Idaho, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Pinyon Peak Loop Road (NF-172). It’s a long grueling drive pretty intense. A 4x4 vehicle is required. This area is remote so please take necessary precautions and use common sense.

How long is Pinyon Peak in Idaho?

The road to the summit is 42km (26.1 miles) long running from NF-008 (Seaform Road) to Loon Creek Road. The last 1.7km (1.05 miles) to the summit are extremely defiant, via 8 sharp hairpin turns. The switchbacks up to the peak are steep on the drive down and low range is desired for that long of a steep descent.

Is Pinyon Peak in Idaho worth it?

 Set high in the heart of the Eastern Salmon River Mountains, the summit hosts a fire lookout called Pinyon Peak Fire Lookout Station. Built in 1930 has been in active service since that time. The summit offers unobstructed mountain panoramas in all directions; great views of several well known mountains include Mt. Baldy, Twin Peaks, the White Clouds, the Sawtooths, and on the distant horizon Borah Peak, Idaho's highest.
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