Galena Summit

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For the low mountain pass in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, see Galena Pass.
Galena Summit
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Sawtooth Valley from Galena Summit
Elevation 8,701 ft (2,652 m)
Traversed by SH-75
Location Blaine County, Idaho,
United States
Range Boulder Mountains
Rocky Mountains
Coordinates 43°52′13″N 114°42′48″W / 43.87028°N 114.71333°W / 43.87028; -114.71333
Galena Summit is located in Idaho
Galena Summit
Galena Summit
location of Galena Summit
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Galena Summit is a high mountain pass in central Idaho, United States, at an elevation of 8,701 feet (2,652 m) above sea level. The pass is located in the Boulder Mountains, in the northwest corner of Blaine County, within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area of the Sawtooth National Forest.

The summit is on State Highway 75, the Sawtooth Scenic Byway,[1] and is 29 miles (47 km) northwest of Ketchum and the Sun Valley ski resort. It is the highest summit of a highway in the Northwest.

Galena Summit marks the divide between the Big Wood River and Salmon River drainage areas. A little more than 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the summit is Galena Overlook, a scenic viewpoint at 8,400 feet (2,560 m). It offers views of the Sawtooth range to the northwest and the headwaters of the Salmon River in the Stanley Basin of Custer County, which SH-75 follows north to Obsidian and Stanley, then east and north towards Challis.

The Galena Lodge (in historic Galena) is at 7,289 feet (2,222 m), on the Ketchum side of the summit.

Galena is a mineral, lead sulfide, an important lead ore; deposits of galena often contain silver.


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