SOLDIER MOUNTAINS

The Soldier Mountains are covered on pages 214 to 217. This rangee is located north of Fairfield, Idaho, at the southern edge of the Idaho batholith. The range covers a roughly triangular piece of real estate 30 miles wide and 15 miles from north to south. The range is bordered by the Camas Prairie in the south, the South Fork Boise River in the north and west and the Smoky Mountains in the east.

The main Smoky Mountain crest from Basque Peak.

The main Smoky Mountain crest from Basque Peak.

Physically, the range is nearly indistinguishable in form from the Boise Mountains and Smoky Mountains. Soldier Mountain topography is characterized by long winding drainages and high grass-covered ridges leading up to the main crest. The most dominant summits are 10,095-foot Smoky Dome which towers up north of Fairfield and 9,694-foot Iron Mountain which is hidden by foothills at the western end of main crest. Both are exceptional scrambling goals that overshadow the ranges many other peaks in many climbers’ minds. Nevertheless, many other Soldier Mountains summits worth investigating.

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Basque Peak from the east.

Basque Peak from the east.

Hiking up Salt Creek Peak's south ridge.

Hiking up Salt Creek Peak’s south ridge.

Euzkotarak Peak from Salt Creek Peak.

Euzkotarak Peak from Salt Creek Peak.

Peak 9712 (left) and Iron Mountain (right) viewed from the east.

Peak 9712 (left) and Iron Mountain (right) viewed from the east.

North Smoky (left) and Smoky Dome viewed from the north.

North Smoky (left) and Smoky Dome viewed from the north.

Approaching Iron Mountain from the south.

Approaching Iron Mountain from the south.

Smokey Dome is the highest point in the Soldier Mountains.

An arial view of Smokey Dome, the highest point in the Soldier Mountains.

The Soldier Mountains have a lot of territory to explore.

The Soldier Mountains have a lot of territory to explore.

 

Mountain Range: Soldier Mountains

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