Cedar Butte by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 5,828 ft
Prominence: 758

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Cedar Butte. Steve Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book. Published October 2019.


Cedar Butte is a prominent and popular peak in Bingham County, in an area that locals call the greater “Arco Desert.” The Bureau of Land Management conducts research within a 36,000-acre wilderness study area that includes this butte. Thus, it is relatively easy to access and enjoy. USGS Scoville


Access and North Ridge

Take Tabor Road, south of Atomic City, to W 1600 N as it travels west and then southwest. Turn off on a prominent gravel road (signed for Cedar Butte) that heads toward the butte. Travel along this road as far as you can toward the base of the butte. The roads in this area can be difficult to travel, especially when wet and warm so plan your trip accordingly.

The road turns into an ATV trail. Hike up the ATV trail to the summit area. Though it appears to be double-summitted, the true high point is the East Summit. The West Summit is a few feet shorter. Make a loop of the two high points and enjoy views of the desert and nearby Big Southern Butte and Table Legs Butte. To the northeast, you can see Middle and East Buttes which are on private land managed by the Idaho National Laboratory.

Area marker with Cedar Butte in the background. Steve Mandella Photo

photo of the summit of Cedar Butte. Steve Mandella photo.

The summit of Cedar Butte with Big Southern Butte in the distance. Steve Mandella Photo

Climbing track on a topo map.

Cedar Butte climbing route. Steve Mandella track

 

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Snake River Plain

Longitude: -112.90689   Latitude: 43.38959

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