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

Shares Snout by Brett Sergenian

This peak is not in the book. Shares Snout is a distinctive rocky summit on the northern fringes of the Owyhee Mountains. (Class 3) Shares Snout is approached via Coyote Grade Road. From Sommercamp Road, turn south onto Clark Road and then head west on Coyote Grade Road until you reach the north slopes of Shares Snout. The summit can … Continue reading

Squaw Butte 6740

This peak is not in the book. One of eleven Idaho peaks using the name squaw, this Squaw Butte is 6,740 feet tall and sits east of US-95. Although it is impossible to tell when you traverse the route to the summit, part of this mountain is located on private property. There are no “Private Property-No Trespassing” signs, or orange … Continue reading

Peak 5762 by Margo Mandella

Peak 5762. Photo - Steve Mandella

This peak is not in the book. Peak 5762 is located in the Bannock Mountain Range. The peak lies on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The peak is 3.62 miles southwest of the town of Inkom, Idaho, and 2.61 miles northeast of Indian Mountain. Peak 5762 is best climbed from the north and can be combined with … Continue reading

Peak 6495 by Margo Mandella

Peak 6495. Photo - Steve Mandella

This peak is not in the book. Peak 6495 is located in the Bannock Mountain Range. The peak is 3.75 miles southwest of the town of Inkom, Idaho, and 2 miles northeast of Indian Mountain. The peak lies on the border of public land managed by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the State of Idaho. Peak 6495 is best climbed from … Continue reading

Bald Mountain 6719

This peak is not in the book. This “Bald” Mountain (one of 33 ranked peaks in Idaho with “bald” as part of its name) is located at the southeastern end of the Owhyee Mountains, approximately 38 miles southwest of Mountain Home, Idaho. The peak has two summits, with the northernmost the tallest. You will find excellent views in every direction … 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 Peak 5591 from Moores Creek in conjunction with a climb of Federal Butte. See the Federal … Continue reading

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