Bennett Mountain

Elevation: 7,441 ft
Prominence: 1,981

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Bennett and South Mountain. The south peak is on the right.

This peak is not in the book. Updated December 2019


Scenic Bennett Mountain, with 1,981 feet of prominence, is the highest point in the Bennett Mountain Hills. There are actually two summits. The South Summit (South Bennett Mountain) is 120 feet lower in elevation (7,321 feet). Private property blocks access to the North Summit. USGS Bennett Mountain

Bennett and South Mountain. The south peak is on the right.

Bennett Mountain and South Bennett Mountain (right).

Roughly one-half of the mountain’s highest point (its northern side) is located on a small section of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The remainder of the land is privately owned and not open to the public. The map shows several approach roads to this area as well as a road on the BLM section that leads to the summit, where there are a number of electronic installations. However, the approach roads were reported by Dan Robbins (see link below) as being gated and posted closed.

Livingston Douglas provided the following access assessment based on his recon efforts in 2019: “The two jeep roads referred to by Dan Robbins are currently closed to the public. The first road is Henley Road. It is signed with a simple street sign and is located on the R/E side of US-20 exactly 3.6 miles E on US-20 from the Prairie Road turnoff. The second road is Echo Road, also signed with a simple street sign. It is located 4.2 miles E on US-20 from the Prairie Road turnoff. There is a private home/cabin up the gulch here, so future access is highly unlikely. Both roads are gated, locked, and have NO TRESPASSING signs on them. However, the first road (Henley Road) has a phone number you can call to obtain permission to hike/drive up that road. So perhaps there is some hope here.

If neither of those options work, then the Mountain Home BLM Map shows a patchwork of private and public land to the west of South Bennett Mountain. There is a potential cross-country route heading SE from US-20 (starting just over a mile east of Tollgate Hill) that is about a mile wide, crosses a section of Idaho State land, and reaches South Bennett Mountain. This route requires a crossing of Bennett Creek and Dive Creek and some terrain undulations to do so. Once across Dive Creek, climb east up onto the summit ridge and the top of South Bennett Mountain. Contact the Shoshone BLM office for updated access information regarding this route before undertaking it (208-732-7200).”

This map shows the public and private land surrounding Bennett Mountain. Interestingly, the Boise National Forest Boundary encompasses mostly private land. It would be an interesting research project to figure out how so much National Forest land ended up in private ownership.

This map shows the public and private land surrounding Bennett Mountain. Interestingly, the Boise National Forest Boundary encompasses mostly private land. It would be an interesting research project to figure out how so much National Forest land ended up in private hands.

 

Mountain Range: Bennett Mountain Hills

Longitude: -115.43439   Latitude: 43.24889

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