Custer County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: June 24, 2006
Author: Adam Helman

western approach

This effort was part of a larger journey collecting Idaho, Montana, and Washington county highpoints in late June and early July 2006.

My approach of the highpoint area from the west appears to feature better road conditions than those described in previous reports using an eastern approach.

From Route 212 enter the Custer National Forest via FR423 at this junction some five road miles east of Ashland. Drive northeast on FR423 about 11.5 miles to this junction about one-half mile from a campground. Turn left (northwest) onto FR133, possibly signed as Beaver Creek Road, and drive about 8 miles to this junction with FR767 - initially a mere grassy track.

FR767 is currently negotiable in a passenger car with difficulty. Drive it about 4 miles as it climbs northeast into the hills until this junction with FR770 - a grassy two-track.

Drive FR770 one mile east as it passes south of a farm. Take it to either this junction or bear left there and drive an additional several hundred feet to this junction at a barbed wire gate, not signed "No Trespassing".

I walked from there north along FR1455, leaving this nearly invisible road immediately south of the highpoint approximately here.