BEAVERHEAD RANGE

The Beaverhead Range is covered in the book on pages 319 to 331. All Beaverhead Range peaks covered on this website can be found at this link: Beaverhead Range Updates.


The Beaverhead Mountains forms the Idaho/Montana border and the Continental Divide for nearly 200 miles, from Chief Joseph Pass and Montana-43, north of Salmon, to Monida Pass and I-15, north of Dubois. Many maps still call this range the Bitterroot Mountains. The Beaverhead crest is graced with pristine glacial cirques, massive limestone cliffs, knife-edged ridges and dozens of imposing summits. It has, for the most part, a single spine and only two significant subsidiary ridges. This crest stays above 8,000 feet for its entire length and is highlighted by two high, rugged segments: One near Salmon and one at the range’s southern terminus.

While the highest point in the range is found completely in Montana many of the range’s peaks offer outstanding climbs. Freeman Peak, Eighteenmile Peak and Italian Peak are my three favorites but there is still a lot of the range I have not explored with challenging summits like North Doublet, Conical Top, Huhs Horn and Scott Peak, the highest Idaho Beaverhead Peak. The range is covered in the book on pages 319 to 331.

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The Beaverhead Mountains above Salmon, Idaho.

The Beaverhead Mountains above Salmon, Idaho.

Pyramid Peak to Sheep Mountain. Michael Darcy Photo

Pyramid Peak to Sheep Mountain. Michael Darcy Photo

Copperhead Peak and the northern Beaverhead crest from Freeman Peak.

Copperhead Peak and the northern Beaverhead crest from Freeman Peak.

The Beaverhead Crest looking south from Freeman Peak. The first peak is Mounument Peak.

The Beaverhead Crest looking south from Freeman Peak. The first peak is Mounument Peak.

Scott Peak and Huh's Horn from Eighteenmile Peak. George Reinier Photo

Scott Peak and Huh’s Horn from Eighteenmile Peak. George Reinier Photo

The view from Italian Peak toward Eighteenmile Peak area.

The view from Italian Peak toward Eighteenmile Peak area.

 


The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) straddles the Idaho Montana border for roughly 180 miles. The trail leaves Yellowstone National Park and travels generally westward through the Henrys Lake Range and then the Centennial Mountains to Monida Pass and I-90. From the pass the trail heads west and then north through the Beaverhead Range.

The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) straddles the Idaho Montana border for roughly 180 miles. The trail leaves Yellowstone National Park and travels generally westward through the Henrys Lake Range and then the Centennial Mountains to Monida Pass and I-90. From the pass the trail heads west and then north through the Beaverhead Range.

 

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