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Cache Peak + Mount Independence

Albion Mountains + Bear River Area, Idaho

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  • Cache Peak.- Cache Peak + Mount Independence
  • The Road to Cache Peak in thick aspens.- Cache Peak + Mount Independence
  • Cache Peak from the lower portion of the Ranger Trail.- Cache Peak + Mount Independence
  • Looking west from the Cache Peak and Mount Independence saddle.- Cache Peak + Mount Independence
  • View to the east from the summit of Cache Peak.- Cache Peak + Mount Independence
  • The Independence Lakes from the Cache Peak and Mount Independence saddle.- Cache Peak + Mount Independence
  • The saddle between Cache Peak and Mount Independence makes for an easy hike.- Cache Peak + Mount Independence
  • Cache Peak above Castle Rocks State Park.- Cache Peak + Mount Independence
  • Panorama of Cache Peak from Castle Rocks State Park.- Cache Peak + Mount Independence
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Pros: 
Fantastic views. Easy trail. Wildlife. Interesting history.
Cons: 
Rough road.
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Region:
Albion Mountains + Bear River Area, ID
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,500.00 ft (2,590.80 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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At 10,339 feet, Cache Peak is the highest mountain in the Albion Range and the highest mountain in Idaho south of the Snake River. With 4,459 feet of prominence, it is also the sixth most topographically prominent peak in the state, falling just 41 feet short of qualifying as an ultra-prominent peak. Nevertheless, Cache Peak is a very enjoyable hike and a beautiful oasis that rises high above the surrounding desert.

One of the most interesting features of the mountain is the basin between it and it's close neighbor to the north, 9,950-foot Mount Independence. This basin is heavily forested and contains a number of mountain lakes that are a somewhat popular destination for backpackers. While the mountain is prominent and highly visible, visitation is very light compared to the nearby City of Rocks National Reserve, which draws the majority of the visitors to the area. For those willing to leave the Reserve and venture out a bit farther, Cache is a great diversion from all the City of Rocks has to offer. It is recommended to combine an ascent of Cache Peak with its nearby twin, Mount Independence. It adds negligible distance and elevation gain while providing excellent views of Cache Peak and the lakes below.

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