The West Mountains are discussed on Pages 104-108 of the book.
The West Mountains are a north-south trending mountain range, which is the westernmost extension of the Idaho Batholith. The range is separated from the main body of the Salmon River Mountains by the Little Salmon River and the North Fork Payette River in the east. The range forms a 75-mile long upland that runs from New Meadows, ID in the north to a south terminus near Emmett, ID on Squaw Butte. Use this link to see all West Mountains peaks covered on this website: West Mountains Peaks.
The range’s highest peaks are found along its eastern crest. A complicated series of ridges and drainages varies in width from 10 to 20 miles. Snowbank Mountain is the highest summit at 8,322 feet. The area around Snowbank Mountain is an exceptional area of high country with large attractive meadows and a lot of exposed granite.
The southern end of the range is made up of the main crest in the east; two, 20-mile long, parallel ridges rising one after another to the west; and a dispersed grouping of broken ridges spreading out to the southwest from Wilson Ridge.
The middle ridge runs from Dodson Pass in the north to Squaw Butte in the south. The ridge does not have an official name. Squaw Creek is the primary drainage on the east side of the ridge. Crane and Willow Creeks form the boundary on the east. Squaw Butte is the highest point. Cherry Benchmark is the highest point on the ridge’s north end.
Willow Ridge is the westernmost of the two ridges. The high point on this ridge is Peak 5280, which is found in the middle section of the range.The Payette County High Point is found near the south end of the range.