The Boise Mountains are discussed on Pages 144-156 of the book.
The Boise Mountain topography holds more than 20 mountain lakes and 35 named summits and many more unofficially-named summits. Its terrain runs the gamut from gentle and rolling, to rocky and vertical. Two Point Mountain (10,124 feet) is the highest point in the Boise Mountains. There are dozens of great summits in the range which vary from long foothills romps like Heinen Peak to great ridge walks like Wolf Mountain. The Boise Mountains are hotter and drier than the northern Idaho Batholith mountains. Winters are relatively short, due to their low elevation and southern location. The Boise River’s South, Middle and North Forks drain most of the range. The section of the range south of the South Fork Boise River is known as the Danskin Mountains and is a subrange of the Boise Mountains.
The range is a complex and, at times, confusing conglomeration of ridges and drainages. Historically, the range’s primary use has been for resource extraction, beginning with mining and then transitioning to logging. As those industries failed, recreationists have taken over the mountains. Nowadays, the Boise National Forest appears to be mainly concerned with fire fighting since the warming climate has caused much of the forest to burn in the last 30 years. Nevertheless, most of the Forest Service’s fire lookouts are no longer used and many of them are falling into disrepair.
The Boise Mountains’ once-extensive trail system is in need of massive amounts of work to bring it back to its past glories. Nevertheless, the Forest Service does a great job of maintaining main roads which access many of the range’s peaks. Also, there is an extensive system of old logging roads (many are abandoned) which are now excellent hiking trails. Finally, ATVers have created extensive trail systems in many areas. While these trails are not constructed to Forest Service standards, the Forest Service has adopted (but not maintained) the trails. These trails can be found on Forest Service motor vehicle use maps (MVUMs) which are available for free. Many of the trails follow ridge lines and are perfect for accessing peaks. One of the best is the trail from Rabbit Creek Summit to Hoodoo Peak.
In the southwest, the Boise Mountains begin at the Boise City Limits and thus, are extensively used by residents of Boise. The 4 most popular Boise area peaks are called the Grand Slam Peaks. Check them out as they are climbable in the Spring and are a great way to train for bigger peaks.
Boise Mountains peaks come in all shapes and sizes. Some are forested; others are rocky horns. Most are quite accessible.