A steep paved road to Mount Harrison in ID

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

Mount Harrison

Is the road to Mount Harrison in Idaho paved?

Set high in the northern Albion Mountain range, the road to the summit fully paved. It’s called Forest Road 549 (Howell Canyon Road).

Is the road to Mount Harrison in Idaho open?

Because of its lofty elevation, the road remains inaccessible during winter. With the summit accumulating significant snowfall, the road typically reopens after July 1st, contingent on the prevailing weather conditions. Notably, even under severe avalanche threats, only specific sections of the route are at potential risk.

How long is the road to Mount Harrison in Idaho?

Tucked away in south central Idaho, the road is graded and very scenic but 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% hitting a 10% though some of the ramps.

Why is Mount Harrison in Idaho famous for?

Mount Harrison lies within the boundaries of the Sawtooth National Forest. At its pinnacle, visitors will find a lookout point established back in the 1930s, which was later refurbished in 1960. Additionally, interpretive signs offer insight into the region's history and geography. This lookout remains open for visitors during summer weekends, providing breathtaking panoramas that extend for nearly 100 miles, touching parts of Utah, Nevada, and northern Idaho.

A somber chapter in the mountain's history unfolded on February 9, 1945, when a B-24 Liberator Army Bomber, engulfed in thick fog, crashed onto the mountain. Tragically, all nine crew members perished in the accident. While the plane's wreckage still lingers on the mountain, a memorial service in July 2004 saw the dedication of a plaque in memory of the deceased. Beyond its historical significance, Mount Harrison is also home to a serene alpine lake and a distinctive glacial cirque.
Road suggested by: Mark Dallon
Pic: Idaho Native