WEST MOUNTAINS

WEST MOUNTAINS The West Mountains are separated from the Salmon River Mountains by the Little Salmon River and the North Fork Payette River. The range forms a long upland that runs from New Meadows in the north 75 miles to a southern terminus near Horseshoe Bend. The range, a complicated series of ridges and drainages, varies in width from 10 … Continue reading

Riley Butte

This peak is not in the book. Riley Peak is located in the western foothills of the West Mountains. While not a difficult summit to surmount it does takes some backrdriving to access. Use the link below to read John Platt’s trip report which may have all the information you need. Class 1. USGS Riley Butte … Continue reading

Gabes Peak

Climbing information for this peak is found on page 106. Gabes Peak is a minor, tooth-shaped summit found west of Granite Peak and the Snowbank Mountain Road. While it has only 148 feet of prominence, it is a great perch for surveying the Sierra Nevada-like meadows on the west side of the crest. The country between the Snowbank Mountain Road … Continue reading

Wilson Peak 7865

Climbing information for this peak is found on page 106. Wilson Peak sits northeast of Snowbank Mountain and the main West Mountains‘ crest. The peak is best accessed from the Snowbank Mountain Road. Although the maps show a good trail system leading to the peaks southern slopes the trail system leaves a lot to be desired. The two trailheads leaving … Continue reading

Collier Peak

This peak is not in the book. Collier Peak sits northeast of Snowbank Mountain and just east of the West Mountains‘ crest. The peak can be climbed from the road via the connecting ridges. Follow the West Mountain Crest trail north from the Snowbank Mountain Road to the northside of Point 8231. Leave the trail and follow the connecting ridge … Continue reading

Peak 6805

This peak is not in the book. This West Mountain peak is an easy peak to bag as it’s summit is crossed by a Forest Service trail which serves as the southern approach to Tripod Peak. See the Tripod Peak page for access details. The trail crosses almost directly over the peak’s highest point which is just east of the … Continue reading

Squaw Butte

This peak is not in the book. It is located north of Emmett, Idaho at the tail end of the West Mountain. This peak is actually a complex group of ridges, faces and high points. A road leads to the top. Thus, this is a better peak to climb in the winter. I snowshoed up┬áthis peak with John Platt and … Continue reading

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