PIONEER MOUNTAINS

By almost any measure, the Pioneer Mountains is Idaho’s premier mountain range. Its peaks are high and wild. The rock is good. The scenic vistas are terrific. The lakes are pristine. The range stretches from west to east between Ketchum and Arco, Idaho covering a distance of nearly 50 miles. At its widest, the range is nearly 25 miles wide.

The range offers a wide range of climbing opportunities from Class 2 hikes like Johnstone Peak to technical peaks like Brocky Peak with every shade of climbing difficulty in between. The website contains many more peaks and routes than the book. The Wildhorse drainage on the range’s east side offers an exceptional collection of technical climbs. Pat Mcgranes “Wildhorse Classics” is the ultimate guide to technical climbs out of the drainage. Check it out!

The Big Three--Hyndman, Old Hyndman and Cobb from the summit Baldy Mountain.

The Big Three–Hyndman, Old Hyndman and Cobb from the summit Baldy Mountain.

Pioneer Mountains.

The lower slopes of the Pioneer Mountains are a mix of pine and aspen groves and meadows are often covered with lush wildflowers.

The eastern love of the range is bordered by Copper,Basin, a remote high mountain valley. This view is from the Lake Creek CG of the main crest from the Fin on the left to Big Black Dome on the right.

The eastern love of the range is bordered by Copper,Basin, a remote high mountain valley. This view is from the Lake Creek CG of the main crest from the Fin on the left to Big Black Dome on the right.

Looking southeast across the Lake Creek drainage toward Atlas Peak.

Looking southeast across the Lake Creek drainage toward Atlas Peak.

Howard Peak viewed from the north slopes of Brocky Peak.

Howard Peak viewed from the north slopes of Brocky Peak.

Pioneer vista from the slopes of Brocky Peak.

Pioneer vista from the slopes of Brocky Peak.

Pyramid and Big Black Dome from Copper Basin.

Pyramid and Big Black Dome from Copper Basin.

Pioneer Cabin, one of the best view points in Idaho is a eight mile round trip hike from Coral Creek.

Pioneer Cabin, one of the best view points in Idaho is a eight mile round trip hike from Coral Creek.

The North Ridge of Old Hyndman Peak.

The North Ridge of Old Hyndman Peak.

Pyramid Peak viewed from Copper Basin.

Pyramid Peak viewed from Copper Basin.

The Pioneer crest viewed from Johnstone Peak. Goat Mountain is the two summitted peak on right horizon. Handwerk is below it to the left. Duncan Ridge is next and then Hyndman Peak.

The Pioneer crest viewed from Johnstone Peak. Goat Mountain is the two summitted peak on right horizon. Handwerk is below it to the left. Duncan Ridge is next and then Hyndman Peak.

Cobb Peak and Old Hyndman viewed from the lower slopes of Grays Peak.

Cobb Peak and Old Hyndman viewed from the lower slopes of Grays Peak.

Winter panorama of the central Pioneers from the summit of The Box.  Matt Durrant Photo.

Winter panorama of the central Pioneers from the summit of The Box. Matt Durrant Photo.

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

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