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Idaho County Highpoints

 
Idaho County Highpoints

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Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Object Title: Idaho County Highpoints

 

Page By: SawtoothSean

Created/Edited: Jan 12, 2006 / Nov 13, 2010

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Overview

 

Hyndman from the east...
 

 

Idaho contains 5 county high point summits that require a 5000+ ascent to reach the summit.  Included in this is Valley County's Big Baldy, a 30-35 mile hike with a 9700 foot total elevation gain.  While Idaho does not contain an "Apex" county high point (those deemed technically the most difficult in the lower 48), it does have 6 county summits that require Class 3 climbing, and 22 summits that require Class 2 hiking.  Often, careful route finding during the car approach is the key to success and multi-day county ascents. Idaho contains some of the roughest, most confusing, and criss-crossed roads.  The use of GPS is commonly used in the pursuit of trailheads or parking areas- often a indiscriminant portion of a Jeep road.

 

 

Many of Idaho's county high point require more than just stamina- some are on a fairly homogenous ridge, where you must determine where the true high point is. Some will require hours of rough dirt roads, for a hike of 1-2 miles. At least 1 peak has approach access restrictions: Lewis County.  More commonly, there will be a typical mountain hike and scramble with a summit that has amazing views. The nature of the rock on most peaks is fractured- scree, basalt rocks, or high desert vegetation is common. Some of the most recommended county high points would be: Borah Peak, Hyndman Peak, Snowyside Peak, Bell Mountain, Diamond Peak, Scotchman Peak, and Mount Baird

Ranked by Elevation Gain

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Rank County Peak Name Class Miniminum Ascent Required    Feet     Meters  Range Name
1 Valley Big Baldy 2 9700 9705 2958 Salmon River Mountains
2 Idaho (Bare Peak Northwest) 3 6100 9439 2877 Bitterroot Range
3 Teton Garns Mountain 1 5502 9016 2748 Teton Range-Yellowstone Area
4 Custer Borah Peak 3 5335 12,662 3859 Lost River-Lemhi Ranges
5 Blaine Hyndman Peak 3 5219 12,009 3660 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Boise Area
6 Madison Red Butte 2 4700 8108 2471 Teton Range-Yellowstone Area
7 Adams (Monument Peak South) 3 4600 8957 2723 Western Idaho Ranges
8 Elmore Snowyside Peak 2 4577 10,651 3246 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Boise Area
9 Bonneville Mount Baird 2 4240 10,025 3056 Teton Range-Yellowstone Area
10 Oneida Oxford Peak 2 4229 9282 2829 Southeast Idaho Ranges
11 Fremont Point north of Targhee Peak 3 4200 10,400 3170 Teton Range-Yellowstone Area
12 Lemhi Bell Mountain 3 4162 11,612 3539 Lost River-Lemhi Ranges
13 Butte Diamond Peak 2 4031 12,197 3718 Lost River-Lemhi Ranges
14 Boise Mount Cramer 3 3906 10,716 3266 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Boise Area
15 Boundary Point 7709 2 3861 7709 2350 Selkirk Mountains
16 Bonner Scotchman Peak 1 3700 7009 2136 Northwest Montana Ranges
17 Clark Webber Peak-East Peak 2 3598 11,200 3414 Bitterroot Range
18 Clearwater Rhodes Peak 2 3200 7930 2417 Bitterroot Range
19 Washington Cuddy Mountain 1 3158 7867 2398 Western Idaho Ranges
20 Bear Lake Meade Peak 2 3100 9957 3035 Southeast Idaho Ranges
21 Caribou Meade Peak 2 3100 9957 3035 Southeast Idaho Ranges
22 Power Deep Creek Peak 2 2873 8748 2666 Southeast Idaho Ranges
23 Camas Camas County High Point 2 2630 10,360 3158 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Area
24 Bannock Bonneville Peak 1 2600 9271 2826 Southeast Idaho Ranges
25 Cassia Cache Peak 2 2395 10,339 3151 North Great Basin Ranges
26 Gem Gem County High Point 2 1952 7971 2430 Western Idaho Ranges
27 Shoshone Illinois Peak 1 1500 7690 2344 Bitterroot Range
28 Bingham Blackfoot BM 2 1400 7550 2301 Southeast Idaho Ranges
29 Franklin Franklin County High Point 2 1055 9484 2891 Wasatch Range
30 Kootenai Latour Peak 1 900 6408 1953 Bitterroot Range
31 Owyhee Hayden Peak 1 827 8403 2561 North Great Basin Ranges
32 Jefferson Kelly Mountain-NW Summit 2 770 6664 2031 Teton Range-Yellowstone Area
33 Benewah Latour Peak-South Summit 1 600 6160 1878 Bitterroot Range
34 Lincoln Lincoln County High Point 2 430 5950 1814 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Boise Area
35 Payette Payette County High Point 1 400 4763 1452 Western Idaho Ranges
36 Canyon Pickles Butte 1 394 3084 940 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Boise Area
37 Twin Falls Twin Falls County High Point 2 300 7840 2390 North Great Basin Ranges
38 Latah Bald Mountain 1 250 5334 1622 North Columbia Plateau
39 Jerome Jerome County High Point 1 230 4750 1448 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Boise Area
40 Minidoka Bear Den Butte 1 210 5104 1556 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Boise Area
41 Gooding Mount Davis-Southwest Slope 1 200 6360 1939 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Boise Area
42 Nez Perce Craig Mountain 2 200 5360 1634 Western Idaho Ranges
43 Ada Boise Ridge-South Summit 1 100 6000 1829 Sawtooth-Ketchum-Boise Area
44 Lewis Lewis County High Point 2 100 4795 1462 Western Idaho Ranges

References

IdahoSummits.com  - Dan Robbins great site provided information on the Idaho County High Points as he's completed all of them.

Idaho County Trip Reports (cohp.org): Excellent site for trip reports, approaches, elevation, distances- multiple contributors

SP User Dean has some great information and pages on some of the Idaho County High Points

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mtybumpoFranklin County

mtybumpo

Voted 10/10

I attached the page I made for the Franklin County Highpoint to you Idaho County Highpoints page. Great page too!
Posted Aug 12, 2007 10:19 pm

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