Peak 5780 (Mennecke Peak) by Erik Pohlmann

Elevation: 5,780 ft
Prominence: 280

This peak is not in the book. Additional 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


Mennecke Peak is located southeast of Danskin Peak on the main Danskin Mountains crest. Mennecke Peak is difficult to access and therefore provides fantastic and adventurous solitude.  Although not very high compared to some of it’s neighbors, it provides exceptional views into the southern portion of the range, of the Boise River Canyon, Smith Prairie, and the mighty Trinity’s.  One should also highly consider climbing nearby 5913′ “Cayuse Peak” and 6021′ “Teetors Peak” during this trip.

Northerly summit view towards the impressive Boise River SF Canyon, Smith Prairie, and the snow capped Trinity's. Notice the Danskin Southeast Ridge Trail#143A01 in the lower right of the photo.

Northerly summit view towards the impressive Boise River SF Canyon, Smith Prairie, and the snow capped Trinity’s. Notice the Danskin Southeast Ridge Trail#143A01 in the lower right of the photo.

Southerly summit view towards snow capped Bennett Mountain in the background. Notice 5913' "Cayuse Peak" just left of center.

Southerly summit view towards snow capped Bennett Mountain in the background. Notice 5913′ “Cayuse Peak” just left of center.

 "Mennecke Peak" as seen from Danskin Peak to the north. The obvious ridge beginning at the left of the photo and spanning all the way to "Mennecke Peak" on the right is the beautiful Danskin Southeast Ridge, and in my opinion makes for one of the best treks in the southern portion of the Danskin's.

“Mennecke Peak” as seen from Danskin Peak to the north. The obvious ridge beginning at the left of the photo and spanning all the way to “Mennecke Peak” on the right is the beautiful Danskin Southeast Ridge, and in my opinion makes for one of the best treks in the southern portion of the Danskin’s.

ROUTES
East Ridge, Class 2
Roundtrip: 8mi 4k’
Trailhead access: easy via nicely maintained NF-131.
Mountain bikeable: No.
Route finding: pretty easy, cross-country ridge following until reaching Danskin Southeast Ridge Trail#143A01.

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

East Ridge GPS track.

East Ridge GPS track.

Danskin Southeast Ridge/Trail FST-143A01, Class 2
Roundtrip: 12mi 3k’
Trailhead access: medium difficulty via Danskin Lookout Road.
Mountain bikeable: yes, but with some hike-a-bike and an adventurous spirit.
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 backcountry route in the southern portion of the range, views are stunning, route finding is an adventurous blast, solitude is magnificent.

DANSKIN SOUTHEAST RIDGE TRAIL#143A01 GPS Track.

DANSKIN SOUTHEAST RIDGE TRAIL#143A01 GPS Track.

Jeffery-Goodale Cuttoff Oregon Trail/143A, Class 1
Roundtrip: 24mi 5k’
Trailhead access: not bad via Danskin Lookout Road.
Mountain bikeable: definitely
Route finding: easy

Thoughts: following this old Indian path and wagon trail will leave a historical impression, it’s incredible what our ancestors endured, rarely visited rugged desertscape is unique.

JEFFREY-GOODALE CUTTOFF OREGON TRAIL#143A GPS Track.

JEFFREY-GOODALE CUTTOFF OREGON TRAIL#143A GPS Track.

Full Monty, Class 1
Roundtrip: 26mi 4k’
Trailhead access: not bad via Danskin Lookout Road.
Mountain bikeable: yes, but the Danskin Southeast Ridge requires some hike-a-bike and an adventurous spirit as mentioned.
Route finding: easy, except for the beginning of the Danskin Southeast Ridge as mentioned.

Thoughts: adventure loops don’t get much better, lots of variety.

FULL MONTY GPS Track.

FULL MONTY GPS Track.

Teetors Gulch Loop, Class 1+
Roundtrip: 5mi 1.5k’
Trailhead access: extremely difficult via the historic Jeffrey-Goodale Cuttoff Oregon Trail#143A.
Mountain bikeable: yes, but with some hike-a-bike and an adventurous spirit.
Route finding: medium difficulty, mostly follows old double track and horse trails.

Thoughts: the drive will be more adventurous than the peak, this would by far be the easiest route if private property didn’t block the better roads.

TEETORS GULCH LOOP GPS Track.

TEETORS GULCH LOOP GPS Track.

USGS Long Tom Reservoir

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Boise Mountains

Longitude: -115.61509   Latitude: 43.36379

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