Pinyon Peak

The Wild Road to Pinyon Peak

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

Tucked up into the Salmon-Challis National Forest, 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. 4x4 vehicle required. The switchbacks up to the peak are steep on the drive down and low range is desired for that long of a steep descent. 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.

Nestled in the Salmon River Mountains, the road to the summit is 28.48km (17.7 miles) long starting from Seaform Road (NF-008). This area is remote so please take necessary precautions and use common sense. Atop Pinyon Peak sits a fire lookout called Pinyon Peak Fire Lookout Station. Built in 1930 has been in active service since that time.
Pic: Mike Key

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.