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Albion Mountains
A photo of the Albion Mountains viewed from Heyburn in winter
Albion Mountains from Heyburn
Highest point
Peak Cache Peak
Elevation 10,339 ft (3,151 m)
Dimensions
Length 49 mi (79 km) N/S
Width 36 mi (58 km) E/W
Area 1,082 sq mi (2,800 km2)
Geography
Country United States
State Idaho

The Albion Mountains are a mountain range in the U.S. states of Idaho (~99%) and Utah (~1%), spanning Cassia County, Idaho and barely reaching into Box Elder County, Utah. The highest point in the range is Cache Peak at 10,339 feet (3,151 m), and the range is a part of the Great Basin Divide and the Basin and Range Province. Most of the mountains are part of the Albion Division of the Minidoka Ranger District of Sawtooth National Forest.

The Raft River Mountains are southeast of the range, while the Black Pine Mountains are to the east and the Snake River Plain to the north. The streams in the mountains are in the Snake River watershed, which is a tributary of the Columbia River. The towns of Almo, Elba, and Malta are east of the range, Albion, Burley, and Heyburn are to the north, and Oakley is to the west. There are six alpine lakes in the Albion Mountains. Lake Cleveland is north of Mount Harrison, a small unnamed lake is southeast of Mount Harrison, and the four Independence Lakes are north of Cache Peak.

Several road and trails are located in the mountains, which provide for a variety of activities including hiking, off-road vehicle riding, fishing, and hunting. A paved road ascends to the summit of Mount Harrison. Most of the peaks can be accessed relatively easily via class one or two routes. City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park are located in the southern portion of the range and is a popular destination for rock climbing. The Pomerelle ski area is located in the range and has two chairlifts.

Idaho's rarest plant, Christ's Indian Paintbrush is a plant endemic to the upper slopes of Mount Harrison, being found nowhere else in the world. Davis' springparsley is a plant that is also endemic to the Albion Mountains. The South Hills crossbill is a bird believed to be a separate species than the Common crossbill, and it is endemic to the Albion Mountains and the South Hills due to ecological speciation.

In February 1945 nine people died on Mount Harrison when a B-24 Liberator Army Bomber crashed during a training mission in dense fog.

Peaks

The peaks of the Albion Mountains
Mountain Peak Elevation Prominence Isolation Location
Cache Peak &1000000000000315100000010,338 ft
3151 m
&100000000000013590000004,459 ft
1359 m
&1000000000013157000000081.8 mi
131.6 km
42°11′08″N 113°39′40″W / 42.185606°N 113.661156°W / 42.185606; -113.661156 (Cache Peak)
Mount Independence &100000000000030330000009,951 ft
3033 m
&10000000000000107000000351 ft
107 m
&100000000000017300000001.07 mi
1.73 km
42°11′51″N 113°40′30″W / 42.197413°N 113.675010°W / 42.197413; -113.675010 (Mount Independence)
Mount Harrison &100000000000028240000009,265 ft
2824 m
&100000000000007000000002,297 ft
700 m
&100000000000124700000007.75 mi
12.47 km
42°18′53″N 113°39′32″W / 42.314634°N 113.658899°W / 42.314634; -113.658899 (Mount Harrison)
Graham Peak &100000000000027030000008,868 ft
2703 m
&10000000000000204000000669 ft
204 m
&100000000000082600000005.13 mi
8.26 km
42°07′25″N 113°43′00″W / 42.123525°N 113.716677°W / 42.123525; -113.716677 (Graham Peak)
Peak 8,858 &100000000000027000000008,858 ft
2700 m
&10000000000000097000000318 ft
97 m
&100000000000037000000002.30 mi
3.70 km
42°10′38″N 113°42′36″W / 42.1771°N 113.7101°W / 42.1771; -113.7101 (Peak 8,858)
Peak 8,770 &100000000000026730000008,770 ft
2673 m
&10000000000000143000000469 ft
143 m
&100000000000028000000001.74 mi
2.80 km
42°09′08″N 113°42′25″W / 42.1523°N 113.7069°W / 42.1523; -113.7069 (Peak 8,770)
Peak 8,752 &100000000000026700000008,760 ft
2670 m
&10000000000000177000000581 ft
177 m
&100000000000022400000001.39 mi
2.24 km
42°18′21″N 113°36′54″W / 42.3058°N 113.6151°W / 42.3058; -113.6151 (Peak 8,762)
Peak 8,740 &100000000000026630000008,737 ft
2663 m
&10000000000000158000000518 ft
158 m
&100000000000024000000001.49 mi
2.40 km
42°12′55″N 113°41′30″W / 42.2154°N 113.6917°W / 42.2154; -113.6917 (Peak 8,740)
Connor Ridge &100000000000025380000008,327 ft
2538 m
&10000000000000142000000466 ft
142 m
&100000000000024000000001.49 mi
2.40 km
42°18′58″N 113°35′21″W / 42.3162°N 113.5891°W / 42.3162; -113.5891 (Connor Ridge)
Peak 7,715 &100000000000023510000007,713 ft
2351 m
&10000000000000273000000896 ft
273 m
&100000000000053000000003.29 mi
5.30 km
42°04′44″N 113°44′23″W / 42.0790°N 113.7397°W / 42.0790; -113.7397 (Peak 7,715)
Peak 7,689 &100000000000023430000007,687 ft
2343 m
&10000000000000216000000709 ft
216 m
&100000000000031000000001.93 mi
3.10 km
42°06′02″N 113°41′39″W / 42.1006°N 113.6943°W / 42.1006; -113.6943 (Peak 7,689)
Smoky Mountain &100000000000023100000007,579 ft
2310 m
&100000000000004270000001,401 ft
427 m
&100000000000048000000002.98 mi
4.80 km
42°03′32″N 113°40′48″W / 42.0590°N 113.6799°W / 42.0590; -113.6799 (Smoky Mountain)
Thunder Mountain &100000000000022720000007,454 ft
2272 m
&10000000000000206000000676 ft
206 m
&100000000000042000000002.61 mi
4.20 km
42°10′17″N 113°36′49″W / 42.1714°N 113.6136°W / 42.1714; -113.6136 (Thunder Mountain)
Peak 7,410 &100000000000022590000007,411 ft
2259 m
&10000000000000107000000351 ft
107 m
&100000000000078000000004.85 mi
7.80 km
42°22′44″N 113°39′58″W / 42.3789°N 113.6661°W / 42.3789; -113.6661 (Peak 7,410)
Peak 7,362 &100000000000022430000007,359 ft
2243 m
&10000000000000092000000302 ft
92 m
&100000000000057000000003.54 mi
5.70 km
42°16′28″N 113°42′34″W / 42.2745°N 113.7094°W / 42.2745; -113.7094 (Peak 7,362)
Peak 7,096 &100000000000021630000007,096 ft
2163 m
&10000000000000255000000837 ft
255 m
&100000000000027000000001.68 mi
2.70 km
42°02′10″N 113°41′31″W / 42.0361°N 113.6919°W / 42.0361; -113.6919 (Peak 7,096)
Peak 7,063 &100000000000021520000007,060 ft
2152 m
&10000000000000111000000364 ft
111 m
&100000000000024000000001.49 mi
2.40 km
42°03′30″N 113°43′54″W / 42.0584°N 113.7317°W / 42.0584; -113.7317 (Peak 7,063)
Peak 7,038 &100000000000021450000007,037 ft
2145 m
&10000000000000152000000499 ft
152 m
&100000000000024000000001.49 mi
2.40 km
42°02′19″N 113°44′33″W / 42.0387°N 113.7425°W / 42.0387; -113.7425 (Peak 7,038)
Peak 6,856 &100000000000020900000006,857 ft
2090 m
&10000000000000142000000466 ft
142 m
&100000000000018000000001.12 mi
1.80 km
42°23′21″N 113°38′57″W / 42.3891°N 113.6491°W / 42.3891; -113.6491 (Peak 6,856)
Twin Sisters &100000000000020840000006,837 ft
2084 m
&10000000000000115000000377 ft
115 m
&100000000000019000000001.18 mi
1.90 km
42°02′37″N 113°43′15″W / 42.0435°N 113.7208°W / 42.0435; -113.7208 (Twin Sisters)
Peak 6,821 &100000000000020790000006,821 ft
2079 m
&10000000000000098000000322 ft
98 m
&100000000000022000000001.37 mi
2.20 km
42°05′31″N 113°40′12″W / 42.0919°N 113.6701°W / 42.0919; -113.6701 (Peak 6,821)
Peak 6,388 &100000000000019470000006,388 ft
1947 m
&10000000000000124000000407 ft
124 m
&100000000000070000000004.35 mi
7.00 km
42°14′21″N 113°36′40″W / 42.2393°N 113.6112°W / 42.2393; -113.6112 (Peak 6,388)
Peak 6,342 &100000000000019330000006,342 ft
1933 m
&10000000000000135000000443 ft
135 m
&100000000000021000000001.30 mi
2.10 km
42°13′21″N 113°35′54″W / 42.2226°N 113.5983°W / 42.2226; -113.5983 (Peak 6,342)
Pine Knob &100000000000017920000005,879 ft
1792 m
&10000000000000106000000348 ft
106 m
&100000000000025000000001.55 mi
2.50 km
42°24′40″N 113°38′39″W / 42.4111°N 113.6441°W / 42.4111; -113.6441 (Pine Knob)

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