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 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

Missouri Ridge

This peak is not in the book. Missouri Ridge is located due south of Pinnacles Peak. Climbing directions for Pinnacles Peak are found on page 121 of the book. The Missouri Ridge Route also works for ascents of Pinnacles Peak. Take the Missouri Creek trail until you reach a cabin. From this point, an old trail proceeds to the top … Continue reading

Peak 8253 (Petes Peak)

This peak is not in the book. Petes Peak is located in the Lick Creek Mountain Range, east of both McCall and the popular local destination of Boulder Lake. Despite this close proximity to civilization, and like many Lick Creek Range summits, Petes Peak summit is not easy to reach. Use the link below to read John Platt’s trip report … Continue reading

Peak 8028 (Buissons Peak)

This peak is not in the book. Buissons Peak is located in the Lick Creek Range and northeast of Black Tip Mountain, which is east of French Creek and west of the Warren Wagon Road. John Platt climbed the peak from the east using Forest Service road 260 (FS-260), which leads from the Warren Wagon Road to Squaw Meadows. From … Continue reading

Peak 8731 (Rainbow Peak)

This peak is not in the book. Rainbow Peak, named after the nearby Rainbow Lakes, sits on the main Lick Creek crest east of Payette Lake. John Platt climbed the peak in conjunction with Bearpaw Peak in a long day involving nearly 20 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gain. None of the peaks in this central section of the … Continue reading

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