Samaria Mountain (Wood Benchmark)

Elevation: 7,780 ft
Prominence: 2,400

This peak is not in the book but the Samaria Mountains are discussed on Page 357 of the book.

Samaria Mountain is identified by name on some maps but it has not been officially recognized. The mountain is identified on the Samaria USGS quadrangle as Wood Benchmark. It is a popular destination not because it is the highest point in the Samaria Mountains, but because it has over 2,000 feet of prominence. A road passes across the peak’s South and West slopes. If you can follow this road, you will be roughly 350 feet below the summit. USGS Samaria

To approach this small mountain range, you need the BLM’s Malad City land status map. The roads shown on that map are accurate. The only recommended approach route into this group is via the North Canyon Road, which is on the range’s South Edge. This road can be approached by any number of roads from both Idaho and Utah. It connects with almost all of the numerous roads in the range. The Gardner Canyon Road is a more direct route into the range, but is not recommended because it requires a 4WD vehicle. Actually, all of these roads require a 4WD vehicle when wet. While there are no hiking trails at present, the open nature of the terrain makes for good hiking on the ridge lines.

Mountain Range: Bannock Range

Longitude: -112.3559   Latitude: 42.05919

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