House Mountain

Elevation: 7,700 ft
Prominence: 1,720

This peak is not in the book.


House Mountain is located in an isolated position southeast of Prairie, Idaho. While not an exceedingly high summit, it towers over the South Fork Boise River’s deep canyon which is on its southern flank. The peak is a former fire lookout site and FS-137 leads to its summit. The view from the summit is impressive. I have not found any historical information on the lookout but there are substantial concrete foundations for the lookout, an outhouse and another building on the summit. USGS House Mountain

House Mountain from just south of Prairie.

House Mountain as viewed from just south of Prairie.

FS-128 runs east-to-west between Fall Creek and the Prairie area. The House Mountain Road leaves FS-128 at the high point between the two drainages at a marked intersection. It crosses 3 low ridges and then climbs up the peak’s North Side. Once it reaches the peak’s West Ridge, it turns back and climbs up the South Slopes to the summit. In 2015, the road was smooth and well-graded until the last mile, where it becomes rocky. There are a number of side roads that leave FS-137 but none are as well used as FS-137.

Another view of House Mountain from the Prairie area.

Another view of House Mountain.

From the FS-128/FS-137 junction, it is 5.3 miles to the summit. The road has plenty of ups and downs for the first 2 miles as it crosses the low ridges and gains most of its elevation in the final 3 miles.

House Mountain in the distance from the approach.

House Mountain in the distance as viewed from the approach.

The Trinity Mountains to the north.

The Trinity Mountains to the north.

Looking south from the summit toward Mount Bennett.

Looking south from the summit toward Mount Bennett.

The summit.

The summit of House Mountain.

The lookout foundation.

The lookout foundation.

My GPS track. Note I started 0.7 miles up the road from FS-128.

My GPS track. Note: I started 0.7 miles up the road from FS-128.

My elevation profile for the ascent.

My elevation profile for the ascent.

Dan Robbins climbed House Mountain from Prairie Road during a May outing when there was plenty of snow. Check out his trip report.

Mountain Range: Boise Mountains

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -115.48761   Latitude: 43.43321

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