SOLDIER MOUNTAINS

The Soldier Mountains are covered in Idaho A Climbing Guide on pages 214 to 217. Updated July 2019


The Soldier Mountain range This range 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. This range is bordered by the Camas Prairie to the south, the South Fork Boise River to the north and west, and the Smoky Mountains to 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 the Smoky Mountains. While the Soldier Mountain topography is characterized by long winding drainages and high grass-covered ridges leading up to the main crest. It is the main crest which is the most dominant feature.

The Main Crest

The two most dominant summits on the crest are 10,095-foot Smoky Dome, north of Fairfield, and 9,694-foot Iron Mountain, which is hidden by foothills at the western end of the main crest. Both of these peaks are exceptional scrambling goals as are many other Soldier Mountains summits.

The main crest viewed from Sheep Point.

The main crest viewed from Sheep Point.

Deer Mountain viewed from Peak 6412.

Deer Mountain viewed from Peak 6412.

The Southern Soldier Mountains Peaks

As one drives along Idaho 21 between Fairfield and Hill City which are 5,000 in elevation the main crest of the Soldier Mountains which rises to over 10,000 feet dominates the view to the north. The view of the crest is so striking that it optically causes most people to miss the intervening mountains.

Sheep Point viewed from the north.

Sheep Point viewed from the north.

The crest is actually ten miles north of Idaho 21 while the Soldier Mountains begin to rise up from the flat Camas Prairie just three miles north of the highway near Hill City. The band of peaks between the Camas Prairie and the main crest are well known to hunters and snowmobilers but little known to hikers and peakbaggers. This is a shame because this scenic area which for the most part is between six and seven thousand feet includes fourteen ranked summits and miles of forested and open ridges worth exploring.

This area is bordered by Corral Creek in the east, Lime Creek in the north, the Featherville Highway in the west and the Camas Prairie in the south. Although much of this region is designated as part of the a Sawtooth National Forest, large sections are managed by the State of Idaho and the Bureau of Land Management and there are significant private land inholdings that impact access.

Peak 6394 viewed from the north.

Peak 6394 viewed from the north.

There are three primary access routes from the south. The easternmost is the Chimney Creek Road. The center of this group is accessed via the Cow Creek Road. The third and westernmost access point is from the Featherville Highway, FS-61 via the Moores Flat Road.  

Use this link for a list of all Soldier Mountains peaks found on website: Soldier Mountains Peaks

Access Updates:

North Smoky Dome Road Access

Southern Soldier Mountains Access

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 aerial view of Smoky 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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