WEST MOUNTAINS

The West Mountains are discussed in the book on pages 104 to 108.


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 long upland that runs from New Meadows in the north 75 miles to a southern terminus near Emmett, Idaho on Squaw Butte.

Ue this link to see all West Mountains peaks covered on this website: West Mountains Peaks.

Looking north from Granite Mountain to Wilson Peak.

Looking north from Granite Mountain to Wilson Peak.

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 tallest 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 higher eastern summit viewed from Granite Peak.

The higher eastern summit viewed from Granite Peak.

Tripod Peak from the trail leading in from the south. The southern route is not in the book and involves an 11.6-mile round trip hike.

Tripod Peak from the trail leading in from the south. The southern route is not in the book and involves an 11.6-mile round trip hike.

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 Sqauw 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 rodge’s northern end.

Squaw Butte is the southern terminus of the middle ridge and the ridge's most rugged expression. Four points on Squaw Butte have more than 300 feet of prominence.

Squaw Butte is the southern terminus of the middle ridge and the ridge’s most rugged expression. Four points on Squaw Butte have more than 300 feet of prominence.

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 southern end of the range.

The eastern escarpment of Willow Ridge.

The eastern escarpment of Willow Ridge.

Riley Butte sits at the very end of Willow Ridge.

Riley Butte sits at the very end of Willow Ridge.

Looking north along the West Mountains crest from Dry Buck Mountain to Tripod Peak. This section of the West Mountains is mostly between 5,500 and 6,000 feet and covered with dense forest.

Looking north along the West Mountains crest from Dry Buck Mountain to Tripod Peak. This section of the West Mountains is mostly between 5,500 and 6,000 feet and covered with dense forest.

Mountain Range: West Mountains

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