This is my kind of peak to bag. I can drive right up to it. Slowly. The almost four mile road off Trestle Ridge Road is rough and rocky. But, again, from the top the view is spectacular, with Montana’s iconic granite peaks strutting their stuff to the east and the Selkirks competing for attention to the west.
Topping out at 6,414 feet, the lookout at Lunch Peak is available to rent for a mere $35. (When the road isn’t closed for maintenance.) I wish I’d have known this ahead of time. I’ve always wanted to spend a night in a fire lookout.
The Idaho Centennial Trail passes right by Lunch Peak so I did a little 2 mile out and back just to say I’d been on the elusive ICT.
After stopping at my ITA crew leader’s home to return his map and bear spray and snag a quick shower, I headed for home, back to the heat of southern Idaho. Again, grateful for Tom’s suggestion, I stopped at the Mary Minerva McCroskey Memorial State Park just south of Coeur d’Alene. What a find this place was. I parked at the highest campsite in the park, (completely by accident) and watched the sun set on the Washington side of the ridge while the moon rose over the Idaho Palouse side.