BANNOCK RANGE

This range begins just west of Pocatello, its main crest stretches southeast for 65 miles, ending near Weston, Idaho and the Utah border. Geographically, besides the main crest, this upland encompasses a group of small escarpments, the North Promontory Range, the Blue Springs Hills, the Samaria Mountains and the Malad Range, that are loosely tied to the Bannock crest.

Pleasantview Hills

I have grouped these mountains with the Bannock Range partly out of convenience and partly because they are part of the disparate ranges at the southern end of the Bannock Range; the Malad Range, the Samaria Mountains and the North Promontory Range. The Pleasantview Hills are in reality a separate mountain range. The range’s crest forms a low north-south mountain … Continue reading

North Promontory Range

The North Promontory Range is an extension of the Bannock Range and, like the Samaria Mountains, is connected to the Bannock Range by Approach routes for this section are referenced in the text by bracketed entries [Approach:], which include appropriate letter and number references. Primary access is gained from 1-15, which parallels the range for almost its entire length and crosses … Continue reading

Samaria Mountains

The Samaria Mountains are located on the Idaho/Utah border just west of 1-15. The range’s high point is on Samaria Mountain, which is 7,795 feet tall. The first Mormon settlers in this area adopted the name, which has its origins in Palestine. The Samaria Mountains are linked to the Bannock Range via a long spur ridge, known as the Blue … Continue reading

Malad Range

The Malad Range iis a Great Basin limestone uplift that straddles the Utah-Idaho border. It is tucked into the western slopes of the Bannock Range just east of 1-15. The southern end of the range extends into Utah, where it reaches over 8,000 feet in elevation. Boundaries of the range include Malad Valley on the west, ID Hwy 36 thru Weston … Continue reading

Peak 8037 by Margo Mandella

Peak 8037 as seen from Goodenough Peak. Photo - Steve Mandella.

This peak is not in the book. Peak 8037 is located southeast of the city of Pocatello, Idaho, almost 2 miles northeast of Scout Mountain in the Bannock Mountain Range of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The peak can be summited in conjunction with Scout Mountain, in a long day, or more directly on its own from Walker Creek Canyon. Walker … Continue reading

Peak 7081 (Gibson Mountain) by Margo Mandella

Peak 7081, photo - Steve Mandella

Peak 7081, a.k.a. Gibson Mountain, is located south of Pocatello, approximately 1.8 miles east southeast of Rock Knoll in the Bannock Mountain Range within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Peak 7081 is most easily accessed from the east.   Peak 7081 is the highest point of the peak identified as Gibson Mountain. The map makers placed the name on the lower-elevation eastern … Continue reading

Rock Knoll by Margo Mandella

Rock Knoll east view, photo - Steve Mandella

This peak is not in the book. Rock Knoll sits south of Pocatello, approximately 5 miles southwest of Kinport Peak in the Bannock Mountain Range within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. This peak is most easily accessed from the east. From Bannock Highway in Pocatello, take Gibson Jack road west to where it ends at a large parking area. Use Gibson … Continue reading

Peak 6582 by Margo Mandella

Peak 6582 (left) and Slate Mountain (right). photo - Steve Mandella

This peak is not in the book. Peak 6582 lies approximately 3.8 miles due west of Scout Mountain on public land managed by the State of Idaho in the Bannock Mountain range. This peak is easily accessed from its east side. Take South Mink Creek road to South Fork Mink Creek road (FS-163). At approximately 2.5 miles, park in the … Continue reading

Slate Mountain

This peak is found on page 356. Slate Mountain is a good early season training hike in the Pocatello area. Steve Mandella provided the following trip report and GPS track. Margo and I climbed this peak last in 2015 with a little snow on it in March. This route is 6.6 miles round trip with 2,154 of elevation gain. Slate Mountain … Continue reading

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