Galena Summit

Galena Summit, one of the highest paved roads of ID

Galena Summit is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.660m (8,727ft) above the sea level, located in the northwest corner of Blaine County, in the U.S. state of Idaho. 

How long is the road to Galena Summit in Idaho?

Tucked away in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area of the Sawtooth National Forest, the road to the summit is totally paved with a few turns and pretty steep in parts. It’s called State Highway 75, the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. The pass is 125km (78.0 miles) long running north-south from Stanley, a town in Custer County, to Bellevue, a city in Blaine County in the central part of the state. The pass is named after Galena, a mineral. The road over Galena Summit was completed in 1881 to serve the mines located at Vienna and Sawtooth City near present day Smiley Creek. Portions of the old road can still be seen today.

Is the road to Galena Summit in Idaho open?

Set high in the Boulder Mountains, access to the pass is typically open all year round, with the occasional closure in winters due to dangerous weather conditions. It is the highest summit of a highway in the Northwest and subject to winter snowfalls.

Is the road to Galena Summit in Idaho worth it?

The drive is scenic and offers great views. It provides gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The road is among the most iconic climbs in Idaho. A little more than 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the summit is Galena Overlook, a scenic viewpoint at 8,400 feet (2,560 m) now known as the Bethine and Frank Church Overlook. Best views are near sunset and sunrise. Watch out for animals along the way.

 

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