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Moon Peak, ID

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.34 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,943 feet
Elevation Gain 744 feet
Accumulated Gain 836 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2
Kokopelli Seeds 6.52
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Yes
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9  2021-06-25 LindaAnn
15  2020-06-30 LindaAnn
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Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:30am - 8:07pm
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by LindaAnn

 Likely In-Season!
Overview: Seldom visited peak a short distance off the St Joe Divide Trail.

Hike: From Moon Pass, take the OHV trail/old road heading southwest up from the pass. The first few hundred feet of this hike follows the old road before making a sharp left turn (unsigned) up onto the actual trail at about 0.05 miles. Head southwest on this trail (known as the St Joe Divide Trail) as it winds uphill, generally straddling the boundary between Coeur d'Alene NF and St Joe NF.

The trail heads southwest, then south, never really getting too steep. At about 1 mile, you are heading south on the east slope of Moon Peak. From here, make a right turn and head west up the slope. I was able to follow game trails and generally avoid vegetation. My GPS track is a good guide through here, but you may find clearer options by moving a few feet to the north or the south. As you approach the summit after less than 1/4 mile from leaving the trail, the trees shorten in height, and the summit is obvious as it is mostly devoid of trees.

Retrace your steps back down from the summit to the main trail, then head back down to the parking area, or if you want to lengthen your hike, you can continue west on the St Joe Divide Trail. Placer Peak is another 2.25 miles or so west as an option.

This is an easy hike, even the small off-trail portion, and there are backpacking sites in the area. The small town of Wallace just below the peak is worth a visit as well. I did not seem to have cell service at any point during the hike.

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2020-06-30 LindaAnn
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take I-90 to Wallace ID. Take exit 61 and head south onto the frontage road, which curves east. Turn right onto 2nd St (poorly signed) and take 2nd St south to Bank St. Turn right onto Bank St and take it west to King St. Turn left on King St and take it south. King St will turn into Placer Creek Rd, and you head south and into the forest. Take Placer Creek Rd up to Moon Pass. The road is dirt but in very good condition for any vehicle.

    Searching "Moon Pass" in Google Maps also provides the same directions to follow.
    page created by LindaAnn on Jun 30 2020 6:07 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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