WEST MOUNTAINS

The West Mountains are a north-south trending mountain range, which is the westernmost extension of the Idaho Batholith. The range is separated from the main body of the Salmon River Mountains by the Little Salmon River and the North Fork Payette River in the east. The range forms a long upland that runs from New Meadows in the north 75 … Continue reading

Peak 4105

This peak is not in the book. Peak 4105 is located west of Willow Ridge and Indian Creek in the southwest corner of the West Mountains. Access this peak from Emmett and ID-52 which runs north through downtown Emmett. From the junction of ID-16 and ID-52 follow ID-52 north to a fourway stop. ID-52 turns east toward Horseshoe Bend at … Continue reading

Peak 3617

This peak is not in the book. Peak 3617 is located due west of Squaw Butte in the southwest corner of the West Mountains. This minor peak is accessible early in the Spring and has a nice view of Squaw Butte. Access this peak from Emmett and ID-52 which runs north through downtown Emmett. From the junction of ID-16 and … Continue reading

Peak 4767 and Payette County High Point

Peak 4767 viewed from its southern summit, the Payette County High Point.

This peak is not in the book. Peak 4667 is located in the West Mountains on the Washington-Payette County line. It is a rather nondescript peak but is often ascended because its slightly lower southern summit is the highest point in Payette County (CoHP). This section of the West Mountains is managed by the BLM as a wildhorse range. It … Continue reading

Tennison Ridge

This peak is not in the book. Tennison Ridge is located in the Weiser River basin, southeast of Crane Creek Reservoir, in the western foothills of the West Mountains. The summit lies a little more than 1 mile south of Riley Butte. Tennison Ridge lies on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Google Maps will get you … Continue reading

Riley Butte

This peak is not in the book. Riley Butte is located in the Weiser River basin, east of Crane Creek Reservoir, in the western foothills of the West Mountains. The summit lies on public land managed by the Idaho Department of Lands, and the butte is about 1 mile north of Tennison Ridge. While not a difficult summit to surmount, it does … 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

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