Finding nearby peaks which John has not climbed is not an easy task….. If you go to John’s web site, you will see that he has been up thousands of them. See John’s trip report here:
Today, we selected Hersheys Point, which can be climbed via a 12 mile long round trip on pretty good trail or about a 4 mile round trip with probable bushwhack…. and a long drive on a super bumpy road. The Alder King choose the bushwhack!
After about a 30 minute steeple chase in the brushy downfall, we found a trail!!!! We speculated that the forest service had cut in a short cut trail to the lookout from the end of the road. Notice the red tape on the tree to the left. It was steep and primitive but no brush and no downfall! After swimming in the brush for the last half hour, Ruby was a happy camper!
After a long steep climb, we cut across the official trail near the ridge and the sailing was great! It was like a Hershey Highway!
Finally the lookout and related outbuilding. As we approached the lookout, we heard a dog barking and surmised that the lookout attendant was in residence. Out of respect for their privacy, we kept our distance. However, it seemed odd to us that the lookout was not interested in greeting the rare visitor to this obscure location….. John and I figured it was probably a female lookout with no interest in saying hi to a couple scruffy dirty old men!
This would be your classic Lew with a View!
The views off the nearby helicopter pad were outstanding! We were looking down into the Salmon River Canyon. The river at this point is about 6000 feet below.
John and I had wondered why they call this Hersheys Point and then I spotted an extremely rare wild Hershey. I was able to quickly snap this photo before it disappeared.
We retraced our steps back down the mountain on Hershey Highway then our newly discovered trail which would then dump us right back on our road near the car. As we descended, the haze began to clear and we needed to retake all the photos we snapped on the way up.
Finally, back at the bottom near the car, Ruby wanted one more image with Hersheys Point in the background.