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Mount Harrison

Mount Harrison is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.823m (9,261ft) above the sea level, located in Cassia County in south central Idaho. It'sone of the highest mountain roads of Idaho.

Located in the northern Albion Mountains, the road to the summit is paved all the way to its summit. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. It is subject to winter snowfalls with such a high summit altitude, and the road can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. On 9 February 1945 a B-24 Liberator Army Bomber crashed on the mountain in dense fog. All nine crew members on the plane died in the crash. The plane's remains have never been removed. A memorial service was held on 29 July 2004 to dedicate a plaque honoring those who died. Nestled in the Sawtooth National Forest, at the summit is a lookout established in the 1930's before a trailer lookout was added in 1960. Mount Harrison holds an alpine lake and glacial cirque. This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains.

The road to the summit is pretty steep. Starting from ID-77 road, at 1.707m above the sea level, the ascent is 11.3 miles (18.1km) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.116m. The average gradient is 6.16% with some sections up to 10%.
Road suggested by: Mark Dallon
Pic&video: Ron Hawks

 

 

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