Where Are The Locals Going?
6 Great Spots To Watch The Eclipse
From close to far, from pavement to mountain top!
These are some great spots to chill in the dark! Word on the street has the Outdoor Idaho crew at the Pioneer Cabin Up Trail creek outside of Ketchum! I am planning on taking the Llamas and heading up Sunday and camping out up there! The views should be stellar! Find below a few other spots that will have you home by noon to heavenly mountain tops where you can watch by yourself!
Home By Noon Spot
Miss the traffic nightmare at Banks by getting out in the sticks on the dirt north of Emmett and be home by noon! Wide open vistas to be had, Travel north from Emmett on Van Deusen road. Cross Willow creek at roughly mile 15 and stay left on 4 mile creek road. This will take you north, travel around another 10 plus miles, somewhere in the vicinity of Paddock reservoir you can pull over and get ready for the show. There should be a lot less peeps here than just about anywhere else.
Sneaky Majestic Mountain- Easy
Take Highway 55 to Banks, Right on Highway 17 to Lowman, Left on Highway 21 for 200 yards. Turn Left on forest service road and travel approximately 20 miles turn left and climb to Bear Valley. Take first road to left which goes to Deadwood via Whitehawk Basin. Climb to top of ridge park and climb east to small peak. Right on the centerline. This is where I was planning on going until I wrote this….hmmm.
Majestic Mountain- Hard
Roughneck Peak Lookout is a full day climb up the Langer lake trail. See my high mountain lakes blog to get to Langer lake. Another 2 and a half hours up the hill by trail find an epic view of the Salmon river mountains to the north and the Sawtooths to the South east. I suspect you might have this one all to yourself. Bring your fishing rod and some caddis and hit Island or Rock lake on the way down..
Three awesome campgrounds that would be excellent for view the eclipse would be in Fir Creek Campground, Elk Creek Campground or Lola Creek Campground. One in Bear Valley, One In Bruce Meadows, the other just off Highway 21 at Cape Horn turn off. God only knows when you might need to arrive to get a slip. There is a ridge top road near the Elk creek guard station that might be a good spot to watch from.
Easy and Paved
The Smiths Ferry area on Highway 55 should provide a good view to share with a thousand or so of your bestie eclipsers.
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