Long Mountain, Bonner County, Idaho
Elevation = 4558 ft. (1389 meters)
|Long Mountain is not an especially attractive mountain, but is of interest to those wanting to climb summits in Idaho with greater than 2000 feet of prominence. Long fits the bill with a prominence of 2278 feet. I agree with a report by Dean Molen that the west side is the best approach. We tried the east side and roads are gated way down low. The above map is the Careywood topo with a one kilometer UTM grid using NAD27. Here are driving directions if you are approaching from the south.
Driving Directions: From route 95 take the Kelso Lake Road west then north to Harlem. In Harlem go right onto Bandy Road and drive 5.1 miles to Forest Road 2697 on your right. This is a good dirt road for most of the way to the trailhead. Reset odometer and note the following mileages:
At 2.2 miles go straight at a junction
At 3.5 miles pass through a gate which hopefully will be open and go right on 2553
At 4.2 miles stay right at junctions
At 5.7 miles there is a switchback at about 3640 ft. which is on the map above. Camping is possible here on the south side in a large cleared area.
After 6.2 miles I suggest parking at a small wide spot. The road ends at a gate in 6.5 miles and there is very little space to turn around there.
Hiking Directions: Hike past the gate up to a cleared area at waypoints L3 and L4. Go across the cleared area and stay on the road as it descends slightly. Look for ATV tracks on your left going up the hill at L5. Take the left track which goes steeply up the hill all the way to the old lookout site at L10. Continue on an old road past a new radio tower and pick up the faint track through the forest to the high point. The route is 2.2 miles round-trip with an overall gain of about 650 ft. A gpx file is available for the above route: LongMtn.gpx
The Long Mountain Lookout was a 46 ft. steel MC-40 Aeromotor tower. This was sold in 1998 to Dave Kresek and is now in Spokane at the Fire Lookout Museum. A datasheet shows that the tower was there in 1967. TO1075