SALMON RIVER MOUNTAINS

The Salmon River Mountains are the second largest of the Idaho Batholith mountain groups. These mountains are named for the Salmon River, which encircles nearly the entire range, forming its boundary from Riggins in the northwest, to Salmon in the northeast, to Challis in the southeast and finally to Stanley, halfway across the range’s south boundary. Map makers have identified … Continue reading

North Fork Range

This Salmon River Mountains subrange is found in the extreme southwest corner of the Salmon River Mountains, above the confluence of the North Fork Payette River and the Payette River. ID-55 and the North Fork Payette River form the range’s western boundary, while the Middle Fork Payette River and South Fork Salmon River forms the range’s rather indefinite eastern boundary. … Continue reading

Lick Creek Range

The name Lick Creek Range has not been adopted by the USGS. Nevertheless, many people use it to identify the divide that sits between the North Fork Payette River and the South Fork Salmon River. As such, it comprises the largest of the Salmon River Mountains. The subrange forms an impressive divide about 40 miles long from north to south … Continue reading

Tango Peaks

The Tango Peaks are a north south ridge found in the southeast corner of the eastern Salmon River Mountains north northeast of Stanley, Idaho. It includes Mount Loening, Last Tango Peak, Cabin Creek Peak and Red Mountain. Additionally, there is an unnamed peak comprised of three dark rock towers that I call the The Black Tower that, as far as I know, … Continue reading

Bighorn Crags

The Bighorn Crags are described on pages 122 to126 and there is an access map on page 143. The Bighorn Crags form a distinctive, high-granite divide more than 20 miles in length which towers nearlyh 1,000 feet above the surrounding mountains. The Bighorn Crags offer many excellent challenges to mountaineers and a surprising amount of good rock to challenge rock … Continue reading

Peak 8745 (Goat Creek Peak)

This peak is not in the book. Goat Creek Peak, as you might expect, is located above a drainage named Goat Creek. More specifically, this Goat Creek flows westward off a high ridge known as the Log Mountain/Deadwood Divide (page 117 in the book). Even more to the point, the peak is located on the section of the divide bordering … Continue reading

Sixmile Ridge, Peak 5891 and Krassel Knob

These peaks are not in the book. I have combined the three summits on Sixmile Ridge on this page. The coordinates and map below are centered on the summit of Sixmile Ridge which is the highest point on the ridge. The coordinates for Krassel Knob are 44.96889/-115.75429 and for Peak 5891 are 44.94719/-115.76749. All three peaks are on them Fitsum … Continue reading

Pilot Peak 8420

This peak is not in the book. This Twin summited peak with a long east-west summit ridge is located east of the South Fork Salmon River in the northern part of the Salmon River Mountains. A fire lookout sits on its lower western summit. This summit is designated as the named peak. It has only 120 feet of prominence. FS-341 … Continue reading

Packer John Mountain

This peak is not in the book. Packer John Mountain is located in the North Fork Range (a Salmon River Mountains subranges) east of ID-55. The peak has a long north-south summit ridge which was once the home of a fire lookout. The actual summit is farther south and almost 50 feet higher. Access and Routes (Class 2) The North … Continue reading

Peak 6648

This peak is not in the book. Peak 6648 is located west of Warm Lake and southwest of Kline Mountain. John Platt, Art Troutner and John Fadgen made a winter ascent of the peak in February of 2016. They utilized an old logging road that starts where the Warm Lake Highway crosses Curtis Creek (see map below) and leads to … Continue reading

Kline Mountain

This peak is not in the book. Kline Mountain sits just west of the northwest corner of Warm Lake and east of Cascade, Idaho. Recent fires have burned off the thick forests that once covered the peak. Depending on where you start, you can reach the summit in 1 to 1.5 miles, with less than 1,000 feet of elevation. The … Continue reading

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