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


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


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 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

Taylor Mountain

This peak is found on page 363. Taylor Mountain sits southwest of Idaho Falls at the northern end of the Blackfoot Mountains. The summit is managed by the BLM, but the surrounding land is privately owned. Dan Robbins found that there is now public access from Wolverine Canyon south of the peak. Use the link below to learn the details … Continue reading

Peak 7081 (Gibson Mountain) by Margo Mandella

Peak 7081, photo - Steve Mandella

Peak 7081, a.k.a. Gibson Mountain, is located south of Pocatello, approximately 1.8 miles east southeast of Rock Knoll in the Bannock Mountain Range within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Peak 7081 is most easily accessed from the east.   Peak 7081 is the highest point of the peak identified as Gibson Mountain. The map makers placed the name on the lower-elevation eastern … Continue reading

Rock Knoll by Margo Mandella

Rock Knoll east view, photo - Steve Mandella

This peak is not in the book. Rock Knoll sits south of Pocatello, approximately 5 miles southwest of Kinport Peak in the Bannock Mountain Range within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. This peak is most easily accessed from the east. From Bannock Highway in Pocatello, take Gibson Jack road west to where it ends at a large parking area. Use Gibson … Continue reading

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