This is a view of Sturgill Peak from a saddle between it and Hitt Mountain.
Trip Report (November 18, 2001):
Stugill Peak, while not as commanding as its neighbor Cuddy Mountain,
is a much more pointed and aesthetically pleasing mountain. Like Cuddy,
Sturgill is also one of Idaho's 50 finest. Sturgill is also the highpoint
of the Hitt Mountain Range.
We climbed from Tool Cache saddle. Coming from Cambridge, ID, take SR 71
north about 5 miles. Turn onto West Pine Creek Road. We followed this
2-wheel drive road past the defunct Hitt Mountain ski area to Tool Cache
Summit in about 13 miles.
The path we chose was about 8.5 miles and 3000 feet in elevation gain
(roundtrip). From the summit, we followed a road that ran west for about
1/2 a mile until a signed junction for Sturgill Peak lookout directed us
south. We followed the road, which turned into a trail until it met up
with another road on the ridge between Sturgill and Hitt. We hiked this
road south and hiked cross country to the top of Hitt. We then descended
Hitt and hiked down the road towards Sturgill again. Once the road quit
heading for Sturgill, we climbed up onto a plateau and met up with a road
that ran to Sturgill's summit.
Sturgill's two summits are covered with radio towers and lookouts. We found
benchmarks on the higher northern summit. The view of the Wallowa Range in
Oregon from the top is nothing short of stunning. The view of the valleys to
the southeast will not disappoint either.