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Galena Summit, Idaho

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Galena Summit is a high mountain pass in the western United States in central Idaho, at an elevation of 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, and is northwest of Ketchum and the Sun Valley ski resort. It is the highest summit of a highway in the Northwest. Highway 75 was formerly designated U.S. Route 93, which is now to the east on the former U.S. 93 alternate, through the Lost River Valley.Galena Summit marks the divide between the Big Wood River and Salmon River drainage areas. A little more than west of the summit is Galena Overlook, a scenic viewpoint at 8400ft. 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 overlook facilities were originally opened in 1964; it was renamed in 2006 for Frank and Bethine Church, and was renovated in 2010.
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  • The road to the summit from both the North and South are full of curves, so it's a little hard to see the views, but just North of it is a large parking area where you must stop to take photos of the ...  more »
  • This place is absolutely beautiful. Be down for a long drive and road trip and it’s 100% worth it! Elevation just below 9,000 at this point!  more »
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  • Wow beautiful views in every direction
  • Beautiful views and scenery that Idaho has to offer!

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