Fourth of July Summit sits right on Interstate 90 in northern Idaho, just over 10 miles east of the Coeur d’Alene area. East-west travelers going from Montana to Washington, or into Idaho, all have to pass over what is either the first or the last mountain pass they’ll encounter, depending on their direction of travel, in the Rocky Mountains.
Here are five fun facts about Fourth of July Pass.
Fourth of July Pass has an elevation of 3,173 feet above sea level.
Fourth of July Pass gets its name from the fact that during the building of the famous Mullan road, the first wagon road to cross the Rocky Mountains into the northwest, the workers under Captain Mullan stopped at the summit of the mountain on the 4th of July in 1861 to take a break from their work and to celebrate the holiday.
See Before You Go!
In spite of its somewhat remote location, there is a webcam available, courtesy of the Idaho Department of Transportation, that you can view online. Find it here: Fourth of July Pass webcam.
Fourth of July Pass is located in the Bitterroot Mountains of the Rocky Mountains.
The Silver Valley Mining District extends from Lookout Pass in the east at the Idaho-Montana border to Fourth of July Pass in the west, approximately a dozen miles from Coeur d’Alene.