Galena Summit

Galena Summit, one of the highest paved roads of Idaho

Galena Summit is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.652m (8,701ft) above the sea level, located in the northwest corner of Blaine County, in the western United States in central Idaho. It’s one of the highest paved mountain roads in Idaho. 

The summit is situated on State Highway 75, the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. It is among the most iconic climbs in Idaho. It is the highest summit of a highway in the Northwest. 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. 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).

How long is Galena Summit?

It’s 125km (78.0 miles) long running north-south from Stanley, a town in Custer County, Idaho, to Bellevue, a city in Blaine County in the central part of the U.S. state of Idaho. Located in the Boulder Mountains within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area of the Sawtooth National Forest, the road to the sumit is paved, with a few turns and pretty steep in parts. Best views are near sunset and sunrise. Watch out for animals along the way. It is subject to winter snowfalls.


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