Crater Butte

Elevation: 4,432 ft
Prominence: 157

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This peak is not in the book.

This Snake River Plain feature is amazingly unknown to most Idahoans. While Crater Butte has only 157 feet of prominence, its massive crater is the largest I have visited in Idaho and dwarfs anything at Craters of the Moon National Monument. There are no signs pointing out the feature. Crater Butte is located east of Shoshone, Idaho and north of Dietrich, Idaho. USGS Dietrich Butte

Crater Butte is not impressive when viewed from nearby Dietrich Butte. You have to go to the edge of the crater to experience its visual impact.

The crater is 300 feet deep and it would take a long time to walk around the rim. There was no spot where I could take a photo that would take in the entire crater. The following photo does give a bit of perspective by showing the crater’s North Wall.

The North Wall of the crater.

Access the butte from [paved] Dietrich Butte Road from either US-26/US-93 in the north or ID-24 in the south. This road goes past the butte’s East Slopes. A 4WD road leads due west to the high point. Other 4WD roads circle the massive crater and descend into it. This is perfect terrain for mountain biking. Class 1.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Snake River Plain

Year Climbed: 2017

Longitude: -114.26919   Latitude: 42.95629

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