Peak 5235 (Bridge Peak) by Erik Pohlmann

Elevation: 5,235 ft
Prominence: 575

Danskin Bridge Peak.

This peak is not in the book. Additional Danskin Mountains access information can be found in the book at (D)(1) at pages 154-5 and (G)(1) at page 156. Also see the following website page: Danskin Mountains OHV Trails. Published May 2018


This peak is located is located east of the main Danskin Mountains crest in a broad peninsula formed by a large bend in the South Fork Boise River. The peak is tantalizingly close to the South Fork Boise River Road [(E)(2.1) page 155] but, unfortunately, private property blocks an approach from that road.

Bridge Peak.

Bridge Peak.

Although not particularly high, 5235′ “Bridge Peak” is one of my favorite peaks in the range for many reasons: the view, route, remoteness, aesthetics, and simply the overall experience.  Similar to 4524′ “Buffalo Peak”, Bridge Peak is curiously situated adjacent to one of the many flats which characterize namely the southern Danskin’s, and lends fantastic views into the Boise River Canyon.  And unlike majority of peaks which are classically picturesque from one side, but somewhat disappointing and resemble more of a ridge from other angles, Bridge Peak is symmetric and maintains that classic peak aesthetic from all angles which further enhances the summit experience.

Bridge Peak from Danskin Peak.

Bridge Peak from Danskin Peak.

The two routes set out below share the last 4 miles which ironically DESCENDS northeast to the peak via a bike-able primitive double track road thru rolling grassland, which is equipped with small ponds making for an almost alpine feel.  Once the road reaches gated private property, simply cross-country to the summit for the last half mile or so.

Routes
DANSKIN SOUTHEAST RIDGE TRAIL#143A01
Round-trip: 19mi 4.7k’.
Trail-head access: Medium difficulty via Danskin Lookout Road.
Mountain bike-able: Yes, but with some hike-a-bike, an adventurous spirit, and strong legs.
Route finding: Difficult until gaining the ridge, the maze of old roads and horse trails are faint to none in places and it’s extremely easy to follow the wrong one, study the USGS marked roads carefully and pay close attention.

Thoughts: My favorite back-country route in the southern portion of the range, views are stunning, route finding is an adventurous blast, solitude is magnificent.

WEST RIDGE
Round-trip: 14mi 5.3k’.
Trail-head access: Easy via nicely maintained NF-131.
Mountain bike-able: No.
Route finding: Pretty easy, cross-country ridge following until reaching Danskin Southeast Ridge Trail#143A01 at which point the route eventually descends a primitive double road to within 0.5 miles of the summit.

Thoughts: Can bag 5913′ “Cayuse Peak” along the way, views are fantastic.

GPS track.

GPS track.

GPS track.

GPS track.

USGS Cathedral Rocks

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Boise Mountains

Longitude: -115.56769   Latitude: 43.38801

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