West Warrior Peak

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Idaho, United States, North America
Hiking, Scrambling
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West Warrior Peak
Created On: Jul 4, 2010
Last Edited On: Aug 23, 2010


Location: East- Central Boise Mountains, between the North and Middle Forks of the Boise River, near Atlanta

Nearby Peaks: East Warrior, Swanholm Peak, Silver Mountain, Nahneke Mountain, Grand Mountain, Steele Mountain,

Linkups: Swanholm Peak

Difficulty: moderately rugged off trail ridge traverse

Usage: Hiking

Terrain:  steep scramble up brushy slopes, rugged ridgeline, alpine style summit and lakes on north side not common for this area

Traffic:  Extremely light most of the year

Summit Register:  Yes, and large summit rock pile

History / Etymology:  Traditional Mining, Logging and Hunting areas. Named (speculation) for Native American presence before 1800's Atlanta mining boom.


Getting There

Nearest Paved Roads:  ID-21

Nearest Dirt Roads / Conditions:  Middle Fork Road (seasonally variable),  Swanholm Creek Road (above average), North Fork Boise Road (seasonally good), Edna Creek (seasonally good)

Approach Trails / Conditions:  FST 051 from Swanholm (decent- often rutted out by Fall)

West Warrior


Main Route:  South Ridge- From BM4512 on the Middle Fork (Boise) Road, climb to points 6170, 6795, 8246, 8094 before reaching summit. After initial scramble to 6170 this is a ridge traverse.

Main Route Stats:  8.2miles / 5412 (round trip)

Average RT Time:  5-7 hours

Secondary Route:  North Ridge- FST 051 traverses over from Swanholm Peak toward Warrior Lakes. From near here a steep and rugged off trail ridge climb and traverse leads to the summit..

Secondary Route Stats:  20.5miles / 7041 (round trip)

Other Routes:  West Warrior Creek

Looking North

Red Tape

Jurisdiction:  National Forest Service

Permit:  No

Other Users / Issues:  Hunters

MapMaps:  USGS Quad Phifer Creek

Guide Book:  Tom Lopez,  Idaho: A Climbing Guide

West Warrior Summit

When To Climb

Climbing Season:  April through November- above average access because of Middle Fork Road access

Ideal Climbing Time:  June

Nearest Weather Station:  Atlanta, Graham Guard Station

Weather Relative to Region:  Average, lower slopes and Middle Fork approach road slightly drier

West Warrior Ridge


Car Camping Sites:  Middle Fork Boise River -numerous sites, Swanholm Road

Backpacking Sites:  Not a traditional backpacking area, but beautiful spots near Warrior Lakes for North Ridge Route.  Water sources are few after June on South Ridge route.

Summit Ridge

Flora & Fauna

Potential Wildlife:  Elk, Mule Deer, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, Coyote, Wolf, Grouse

Confirmed Wildlife: Elk, Grouse, Mule Deer, Ticks

Vegetation:  Ponderosa, Lodgepole, Buckbrush

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