Salmon Butte

Elevation: 5,389 ft
Prominence: 319

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Livingston Douglas provided photos and text updates to the narrative below. Updated November 2021

Salmon Butte is located west of Rogerson, Idaho and US-93. This volcanic remnant on the South Edge of the Snake River Plain offers an easy, quick ascent and decent views, especially of nearby Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir. USGS Salmon Butte

Salmon Butte as viewed from the east.


From the sharp right/west turn on US-93 at a street light at the north end of Twin Falls, drive about 31 miles south on US-93 to a signed right/southwest turnoff for Rogerson, Idaho. Look for this road because it is easy to miss and Rogerson is not visible from the highway. Drive 0.7 miles southwest then south on this paved road to reach the center of the small hamlet of Rogerson and a signed junction with 1520N Road (Jarbidge Road). Turn right/west onto 1520N Road and drive 5.7 miles to a right/northwest bend in the paved road/highway at an unsigned junction with a 2-track, gated service road to the left/south. Leave 1520N Road here and park just below the cattle gate in a large parking area on the service road (5,020 feet).

Salmon Butte as viewed from the 2-track service road to the east. Livingston Douglas Photo

East Face, Class 2

The Climb

From the cattle gate, hike west up the service road for about 0.5 miles to a sharp left/south turn. Leave the service road and bushwhack west through easy, gapped sagebrush to reach the summit of lava boulders. It requires about a half-mile of sagebrush weaving. Somewhat tedious. The summit offers a magnificent view of nearby Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir.

The summit boulders atop Salmon Butte. Livingston Douglas Photo

View of Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir from the summit.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Snake River Plain

Year Climbed: 2016

Longitude: -114.72449   Latitude: 42.21349

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