Sunset Mountain Road #316
ElevationAscent: 1,852' 564 m
Descent: -112' -34 m
High: 7,857' 2,395 m
Low: 6,117' 1,864 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A winding trek through towering fir trees leads to a spectacular panoramic view from a lookout structure.”— Bren B
There are two or three very steep inclines, and some shortcuts that are steep as well, but if you follow the access road you should do fine. This is a popular route for skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobile enthusiasts in the winter. There are spectacular views along the route, partly due to a recent fire that burned some of the evergreens.
At mile two (halfway point), there is a road that veers off to the right, informing you that the road ends in 0.3 miles. Continue on the path straight (the left) and do not detour to the right. There will be another side road to the right around mile 4, where apparently there is a spring at the end. Also, there are some mines marked on this road in the USGS quads, although we runed in the winter and did not see them.
The lookout allows for spectacular views from a veranda that circles the tower. You can see to the Sawtooths in the east (Steele Mountain), the backside of Bogus Basin in the south, and to Pilot Peak to the west.
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Land Manager: USFS - Boise National Forest Office
Jul 18, 2019: Burn out operations begin on Canyon Fire