Southern Idaho

This section of the book and the website cover the area south of the Snake River. This large area is often ignored by climbers and hikers, at least in comparison to the portion of the state north of the Snake River. The terrain south of the Snake is much more diverse than the rest of the Idaho with mountains formed … Continue reading

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

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

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

Peak 5591

This peak is not in the book. Peak 5591 sits just south of Federal Butte and southwest of Murphy, Idaho. The peak can be approached from Murphy from the Silver City Road but is best accessed from the west via Moores Creek. I climbed the peak from Moores Creek in conjunction with a climb of Federal Butte. See the Federal … Continue reading

Federal Butte

This peak is not in the book. Federal Butte sits southwest of Murphy, Idaho. The peak juts out from the higher peaks to the south and giving it a nice 360 degree view which encompasses a huge swath of southwestern Idaho. This peak is Class 2 from almost any direction. The peak can be approached from Murphy and ID-78 from … Continue reading

Peak 6472 by Margo Mandella

Peak 6472. Photo - Steve Mandella.

This peak is not in the book. Click on the photos to see a larger image. Peak 6472 is located south of the city of Pocatello and approximately 1 mile, at most, from Slate Mountain. The peak lies in the Bannock Mountain Range, within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Like a number of Bannock Range peaks, there are several routes that … Continue reading

Peak 7060 by Margo Mandella

Peak 7060, Bannock County. Photo - Steve Mandella

This peak is not in the book.  Peak 7060 is located south of the city of Pocatello and approximately 2.5 miles due south of Rock Knoll in the Bannock Mountain Range, which is within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The peak lies in Bannock County although its western base touches the Power County line. The Forest Service, Westside Ranger District, road takes … 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

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