The Cuddy Mountains are located on Idaho’s western border, northwest of Council, Idaho. These mountains are managed by the Payette National Forest. Cuddy Mountain (7,867 feet) is the highest peak in the range. Cuddy Mountain is the 25th most-prominent peak in Idaho. It sits atop a high rolling, somewhat-uniform mountain plateau characterized by interspersed meadows and forest. This range is named after John Cuddy, an early settler who owned the first flour mill in the Sulubria valley.
In the book, the Cuddy Mountains are grouped together with the Craig, Seven Devils and Hitt Mountains because of their similar geology and similar positions along the Snake River and Idaho’s western border. All four of these ranges have unique features and they are distinct mountain groups. See Pages 95-105 to read more about this complicated mountain terrain.
The Cuddy Mountains rise steeply on all sides, making access difficult. Only one road leads into the upper reaches of the range. Trail access requires long, steep climbs through thick forests. Once in the upper reaches, there are a number of rough roads that provide access to the peaks.