SOLDIER MOUNTAINS

The Soldier Mountains are covered on pages 214 to 217. This rangee is located north of Fairfield, Idaho, at the southern edge of the Idaho batholith. The range covers a roughly triangular piece of real estate 30 miles wide and 15 miles from north to south. The range is bordered by the Camas Prairie in the south, the South Fork … Continue reading

Peak 8238 (Gora Euzkotarak Peak)

This peak is not in the book. Peak 8238 is located north of the main Soldier Mountains crest in a very scenic area with giant views of the surrounding mountains. A carved marker on the summit contains the words Gora Euzkotarak which I assume is a name picked by a Basque sheep herder as this area is used for sheep … Continue reading

Peak 8382 (Basque Peak)

This peak is not in the book. Basque Peak is located north and west of the main Soldier Mountains crest on a long ridge line that descends from Smoky Mountain to the South Fork Boise River. The peak can be climbed from any place along FS-010 (see below) which traverses the peak eastern and  northern slopes. I climbed the peak … Continue reading

Peak 8180 (Salt Creek Peak)

This Peak is not in the book. Peak 8180 sits on the north side of the Soldier Mountains crest and west of Crouch Summit. The views of the Soldier Mountains, Boise Mountains and Smoky Mountains in this area are massive and terrific and include, among many other notable summits, Steele Mountain, Ross Peak, Two Point Mountain, Big Mountain as well as … Continue reading

Peak 9937 (North Smoky Dome Peak)

This peak is not in the book but is referenced on page 215. North Smoky Dome rises 406 feet out of the high saddle it shares with Smoky Dome. Most people, me included, ignore this peak when they climb Smoky Dome. In my case, it was a hot day and the long climb of Smoky Dome and the broken talus on … Continue reading

Peak 1 aka First Peak

This peak is not in the book. Peak 1 has 253 feet of prominence. It is the first peak east of the Soldier Mountain Ski resort. This peak is often skied from the ski resort. See John Platt’s trip report for the details. USGS Smoky Dome   … Continue reading

Peak 3 aka Third Peak

This peak is not in the book. Peak 3 aka Third Peak sits just east of Smoky Dome. The peak has 406 feet of prominence. I recommend climbing this peak on your way to Smoky Dome. See John Platt’s trip report if you are interested in a ski ascent.   … Continue reading

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