BLACK PINE MOUNTAINS

The Black Pine Mountains are covered in the book on pages 351 to 353.


The Black Pine Mountains are located just north of the Utah border and west of I-84. Geographically, the range is the most distinctly defined mountain range in Idaho. It is surrounded by wide, flat valleys, and rises steeply on all sides. Geologically, the range is a textbook example of a Great Basin mountain range. The fault block, which forms the entire range, rises to 9,395 feet on Black Peak and is surrounded on all sides by broad alluvial fans.

It is believed that Black Pine Peak is the range’s high point but this may be inaccurate. This issue is discussed on the Black Peak and Black Pine Peak Pine pages.

Regarding the access information in the book, Livingston Douglas points out that “Due to increasingly hostile land owners in the Black Pine Mountains area (as per a discussion I had with the NFS in Burley, ID), most of the access roads into the Black Pine Mountains are now closed to the public. The trails also disappearing due to lack of maintenance and use.” The Pole Canyon Access (A)(1.1) on page 352 is still open to the public and still the best way to access the big peaks.

Use the following link to generate a table with all Black Pine Mountains peaks covered on this website: Black Pine Mountains Peaks.

Use this link to read about the Classic Black Pine Mountains Traverse

The Black Pine Mountains viewed from the City of Rocks in the Albion Range.

The Black Pine Mountains viewed from the City of Rocks in the Albion Range.

Kelsaw Canyon at the southwest corner of the range is the primary access point for the main crest. The two track was in good shape when I travelled it.

Kelsaw Canyon at the southwest corner of the range is the primary access point for the main crest. The two track was in good shape when I travelled it.

The Blaick Pine crest is a windswept, treeless expanse with great views in every direction.

The Black Pine crest is a windswept, treeless expanse with great views in every direction.

Looking west from the Black Pine Crest to Cache and Independence Peaks in the Albion Range.

Looking west from the Black Pine Crest to Cache and Independence Peaks in the Albion Range.

Natural Bridge Black Pine Mountain. This small range is seldom visited and needs looking after before mining interest build another open pit mine on its slopes.

Natural Bridge Black Pine Mountain. This small range is seldom visited and needs looking after before mining interest build another open pit mine on its slopes.

Mountain Range: Black Pine Mountains

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