PEALE MOUNTAINS

The Peale Mountains are associated with the Basin and Range faulting and the over thrust belt. The block faulting is not as pronounced as ranges farther west. The range receives little more than 24 inches of precipitation per year and consequently is somewhat dry in appearance. Large stands of pine and fir are interspersed with thick aspen stands, while thick … Continue reading

Aspen Range

The Aspen Range forms the westernmost section of the Peale Mountains. This subrange extends south from the Blackfoot River for 23 miles, ending at the range’s highest point, Harrington Peak. Sulphur Peak, 8,302 feet, is the only other named peak in the range. Its lower slopes are the sight of an active phosphate mine and an ascent of the peak … Continue reading

Pruess Range

The Pruess Range is a subrange of the Peale Mountains and includes its main escarpment as well as Dry Ridge, the Gannett Hills, Freeman Ridge  and the Sheep Creek Hills. The range forms the southern end of the Peale Mountains and is roughly 25 miles from north to south and 12 miles from east to west. The Preuss Range is named … Continue reading

Webster Range

This Peale Mountain subrange forms the eastern boundary of these mountains. The range is located along the Idaho/Wyoming border, stretching 25 miles from north to south. Draney Peak, at 9,131 feet, is the highest point in this group. Draney Peak overlooks the Smoky Canyon phosphate mine; the summit is only recommended for those who wish (for some perverse reason) to … Continue reading

Wooley Range

The Wooley Range is located east of Blackfoot Reservoir and due south of the Grays Range. It is the smallest of the Peale Mountain subranges, extending only 7 miles from northwest to southeast. The range’s highest point, unnamed, reaches 7,800 feet. USGS Lanes Creek 15

Grays Range

This Peale Mountain subrange forms the northernmost extension of the range. This group rises up south of Grays Lake and extends southeast for roughly 10 miles.  The range highest point is Henry Peak 8,319 (which has 1,579 feet of prominence) was originally known as ‘Lanes Butte’, in honor of HK Lane, a ca 1858 emigrant who is buried along Lander Road … Continue reading

Draney Peak

This peak, the highest summit in the Webster Range, is not in the book. Rick Baugher provided the following on Draney Peak el 9131′, prominence 1501′, the highpoint of the Webster Range. USGS Stewart Flat The Webster Range, the eastern extending finger of the Peale Mountains, is the headwaters source of the Blackfoot River. It extends for 25 miles along … Continue reading

Camp Peak

This peak is not in the book. Rick Baugher’s report on this peak follows: In 1994 I was drawn to Camp Peak as part of the ‘triangulation station recovery project’. I ascended this cross country SW slope to reach Station ‘Camp’. The peak name may have originated fro7726m wagon encampment days of the the Lander Trail. Photo date 10/30/14. Survey … Continue reading

Peak 8716 (Spike Peak)

This peak is not in the book. This peak is the high point of the Freeman Ridge portion of the Pruess Range which in turn is part of the Peale Mountains. The following is Rick Baugher’s trip notes: On 10/20/01 midway through a multiple peak day, I dirt biked east over 7630′ Freeman Pass, then continued south on this Forest … Continue reading

Red Mountain

This peak is not in the book. This peak is the high point of the Gannett Hills, an associate of the Pruess Range and as such, part of the bigger Peale Mountains group. USGS Meade Peak The following is Rick Baugher’s report. Red Mountain el 8809′, prominence 1199′, to the best of our knowledge, is the highpoint of the Gannett Hills. … Continue reading

Hawks Peak

This peak is in the book on page 368. This peak may be the high point of Dry Ridge. See Rick Baugher’s discussion of this issue on the Peale Mountains page. Rick Baugher’s trip report follows. To climb this peak you could grunt up the steep, dry, limestone riddled south or east side out of main Georgetown Canyon. Instead, on … Continue reading

Sheep Creek Hills HP

This peak is not in the book. This peak is the high point of the Sheep Creek Hills. Rick Baugher’s trip report follows. On 7/15/13 I approached from the southwest by driving east up Bear Hollow Road. This is a well graded but unsigned county road crossing private rangeland. As the road enters the Sheep Creek Hills it becomes eroded, especially … Continue reading

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