Snowbank Mountain Lookout

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Explore the beauty of Snowbank Mountain, also referred to as NF-446. This scenic route leads you through breathtaking alpine lakes, past an FAA radar station, and eventually to an antenna tower boasting panoramic views that stretch out over the vast expanse of Lake Cascade, extending for miles in every direction. Snowbank Mountain stands tall as the highest peak in the West Mountains range.

As you embark on this adventure, you'll find the journey smooth and well-maintained up to the radar facility, thanks to the FAA's presence in the area. Beyond the radar station, the trail becomes more challenging, with a narrower path and rougher terrain, complete with washout gullies, especially on the inclines.

Upon reaching the pinnacle, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas. From this vantage point, you can admire the entire West Mountains range, catch a glimpse of the Seven Devils, and take in most of the Salmon River Mountains, including the Lick Creek Range near McCall.

You'll be spoiled for choices when choosing a spot to set up camp. Consider camping overlooking Blue Lake's picturesque surroundings, or opt for a site close to the trail for added convenience. Whichever you choose, Snowbank Mountain promises an unforgettable outdoor experience with awe-inspiring natural beauty at every turn.