Elevation: 8,382 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Basque Peak is located in the Sawtooth National Forest. The peak lies north and west of the main Soldier Mountains crest on a long ridge line that descends from Smoky Mountain to the South Fork Boise River. The peak can be climbed from any place along FS-010 (see below), which traverses the peak’s eastern and northern slopes.
I climbed the peak by following FS-010 to the point where it was just below a saddle on the peak’s west ridge. At this point, a closed road leads up to the saddle and then turns up the ridge to the summit. My ascent was 0.5 miles and 574 feet.
USGS Topo: Sydney Butte
To access this peak from Fairfield, Idaho and ID-20, turn off ID-20 and drive through downtown Fairfield to a three-way junction. Turn right on Baseline Road and drive 0.3 miles and then turn left onto Soldier Creek Road. Follow this paved road for and 7.5 miles to the signed junction for the Couch Summit Road. This well-maintained gravel road reaches Couch Summit in 4.3 miles. At this pass, turn left onto FS-010 and follow this (also) well-maintained road for 4.6 miles to a large meadow that sits between Salt Creek Peak, Basque Peak and Gora Euzkotarak Peak. From the meadow, continue on FS-010 to the south side of the peak. I should note that FS-010 is a surprisingly good road and, when dry, most passenger vehicles will be able to travel it.