North Smoky Dome Road Access

Access to the Soldier Mountains is discussed in Idaho A Climbing Guide pages 216 and 217. This web page adds a new access route into the northern Soldier Mountains that provides exceptional access to the following peaks: Peak 8382 (Basque Peak, Peak 8238 (Gora Euzkotarak Peak), Peak 8189 (Slat Creek Peak), and North Smoky Dome.


(A) Fairfield Access Points, (1) Forest Service (FS)-094 Couch Summit Road

  • New (1.1.1) Salt Creek Ridge Road, FS-010. This road begins at Couch Summit and runs west to the top of Salt Creek. The road is well maintained and graded every year. The road passes close by the first three peaks listed above before meeting Forest Service Trail-989, which is open to 4WDs.
  • New (1.1.1.2) FST-087, Miller Fence Road. This road definitely requires a 4WD. The road climbs steeply at first and then winds its way along the ridge toward North Smoky Dome. In 2.8 miles the road reaches a trail junction with FST-087. While this is a good place to park, the road can be followed farther. In fact, the road can be driven all the way to point 9254 where another road continues south to the next point at an elevation of approximately 9,280 feet.

The road number at the beginning of the road is inconsistent with the number on the Forest Service maps. Nevertheless, this is where the Miller Fence Road begins.

The road number at the beginning of the road is inconsistent with the number on the Forest Service maps. Nevertheless, this is where the Miller Fence Road begins.