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Sunset Mountain Road #316

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One way

4.8 miles

7.7 km

Difficulty

Difficult

Elevation gain

1,852 ft

564 m

Highest point

7,857 ft

2,395 m

Avg grade

8% (4°)

Elevation loss

-112 ft

-34 m

Max grade

31% (17°)

Elevation loss

-112 ft

-34 m

Avg grade

8% (4°)

Lowest point

6,117 ft

1,864 m


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Shared by Bren B

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Dogs - Off-leash  ·  Spring  ·  Views

Overview

Park at the Moore's Creek Summit pull-out (bathrooms available). Begin the trek up the access road through towering fir trees. About a mile in, you'll be able to see the lookout on a distant mountain to the south.

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...
Park at the Moore's Creek Summit pull-out (bathrooms available). Begin the trek up the access road through towering fir trees. About a mile in, you'll be able to see the lookout on a distant mountain to the south.

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 hikeed 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.

Flora & Fauna

We heard an owl, spotted a bird of prey, and saw a woodpecker, but could not identify them.

Family Friendly

Tell your kids to expect great views and a lookout at the end.

Contacts

Land Manager: USFS - Boise National Forest Office

Shared by Bren B

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5 from 3 hikers

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1-3 of 3 reviews

Aug 18, 2019
We didn't make it to the lookout but we plan to come back try again in the future.

Hillsborough, NJ
Jul 6, 2019
It's a dirt road all the way to the tower, beautiful scenery and you see some wildflowers, and wildfire damage.

Boise, ID
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Sep 8, 2018
Rated difficulty: Intermediate
It’s beautiful up here.

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