Big Foot Butte

Elevation: 3,535 ft
Prominence: 390

This peak is not in the book. Published October, 2015


Big Foot Butte is a large basalt based feature located southeast of Boise, Idaho. This butte has a big foot print, thus the name. Although it has 390 feet of prominence it appears more as a massive wave in the vast sagebrush plain, than a precipitous butte. The butte is located on BLM land which is used by the military for gunnery practice. While this utilization has closed a lot of land to public access, there is still access to Big Foot Butte. The, open to the public, South Range Road was significantly improved by the military and provides surprisingly good access to this remote area. From the South Range Road several roads can be used to reach the summit. Please note that the unimproved roads in this area can be deeply rutted and covered with deep, powdery dust that will pose difficulties for many vehicles.

I used Google Maps to access the butte. Rather than copy the directions, I suggest you use Google Maps to get to the butte. Google Maps took me to the south side of the butte and said I had reached my destination. From this point, I saw a rough road that climbed to the summit in 1.3 miles. I rode my my mountain bike to the top on the basalt strewn 4WD road. You can also access the summit from the South Range Road via somewhat better roads on  the butte’s north and northeast sides.

This is my GPS track (red). This map does not show the roads leading to the summit from the north and northeast which are better roads than I followed. The blue line shows a road I found lowed to my starting point. It was rough with one one big dust bog. I would not drive it again.

This is my GPS track (red). This map does not show the roads leading to the summit from the north and northeast which are better roads than I followed. The blue line shows a road I found lowed to my starting point. It was rough with one one big dust bog. I would not drive it again.

The benchmark on the summit.

The benchmark on the summit.

Big Foot Butte from the east.

Big Foot Butte from the east.

The highest point on a very broad summit.

The highest point on a very broad summit.

The view from Big Foot Butte is impressive and stretches from the Owyhees, shown here, across the vast volcanic plain to the Boise Mountains.

The view from Big Foot Butte is impressive and stretches from the Owyhees, shown here, across the vast volcanic plain to the Boise Mountains.

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Snake River Plain

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -116.22919   Latitude: 43.20489

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