Cache Peak Roadless Area

The Albion Mountain Range is a short, but prominent feature in southern Idaho. The range begins in some of the most obscure country in the west -- the Idaho/Utah/Nevada border -- and extends northward for about 25 miles, ending on the Snake River Plain about eight miles east of the town of Burley, Idaho.


Cache Peak at 10,339 ft. elev. is the high point, and the highest mountain in Idaho south of the Snake River. It rises almost a mile above the surrounding countryside. Just to the west of Cache Peak is another prominence, 9950 foot Mt. Independence.

Cache Peak
Cache Peak with the Raft River Range in the foreground. Feb. 2007
The view is from the east. Ralph Maughan


Surrounding Cache Peak is a roadless area of about 25,000 acres, of which the Sawtooth National Forest manages about 12,000 acres around in a "semi-primitive" condition. A somewhat smaller roadless area lies about five miles north of Cache Peak near Mt. Harrison.

The Albion Range is the result of intrusion and uplifting of the Cassia Batholith. The soft granite of this body is exposed at the surface at the southern end of the Range in the "Silent City of Rocks" which has been turned into a small "national reserve" managed jointly by the National Park Service and the State of Idaho.

Just before winter at the Silent City of Rocks
Ralph Maughan


City of Rocks at the southern end of the Albion Range
Silent City of Rocks Reserve
Copyright Ralph Maughan

There is a lovely cirque full of alpine lakes between Cache Peak and Mt. Independence. However, in late summer cows make the area less lovely as this external link shows (slow loading, many photos).

The area is notable for numerous mule deer, a few cougar and coyotes, and cattle.

Link to Livestock Grazing in the Albion Mountains (from the Western Watersheds Project)


Cache Peak roadless area, southern Idaho/ rev. April 1, 2007 Email Ralph Maughan