The King Mountain Roadless Area
Lost River Range
The crest of the Lost River Range in the King Mountain roadless area
The photo is of the highest part of range, taken from the Big Lost River Valley.
Copyright © Ralph Maughan
King Mountain roadless area/ Email Ralph Maughan/ Jan. 2, 2005
The southern section of the Lost River Range is mostly within the 82-thousand acre "King Mountain roadless area". Like the Pahsimeroi and Borah Peak roadless areas to the north, the King Mountain area is rugged with numerous cliffs, rock folds, spires, and at least several natural arches and caves, and there are probably many more that are undiscovered or little known. The major canyons are Elbow and Ramshorn. Both canyons come off the west side of the range, but once inside they make a right angle turn toward the center of the range.
The rugged cliffs of Elbow Canyon near the northern end of the roadless area. © Ralph Maughan
The remarkable rugged upper portion of Ramshorn Canyon in the King Mountain roadless area. © Ralph Maughan
The roadless area is virtually devoid of surface water. The cliffs make good cougar and raptor habitat. The bighorn sheep herd is expanding in numbers.
The roadless area got its name from King Mountain (elevation 10,612 ft.), a somewhat isolated peak, and the most southerly in the Lost River range. King Mountain has become one of the prime hang gliding site in the Western United States.
The highest peak in the King Mountain roadless area is Jaggle Peak, elevation 10,773 feet.
King Mountain roadless area as viewed from the Little Lost River Valley
(east side of the range). © Ralph Maughan
The area is bounded by the Big Lost River Valley on the west, and the Little Lost River Valley on the east. Neither valley is densely populated, but the Little Lost has just one hamlet at its mouth (Howe) and a few farmhouses.
More photos of the King Mountain roadless area.
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