Climb of Teapot Dome

Date of trip: 03/29/2011

Mileage: 2.14 Miles

Elevation Gain: 968 Feet

Time: 1:12 Hours

Class: 2

Partners: None

GPS Track: View Here

Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Teapot Dome4713590Bennett HillsMountain Home, IdahoNoNo43.1745, -115.5171

Trip Report

On my way back from Hailey, I decided a quick ascent of Teapot Dome was in order.

Teapot Dome is located northeast of the city of Mountain Home and sits about 3 miles east of Highway 20. It is a prominent feature, seen for many miles as one travels on I-84.

It was a windy day, but warm in the valley. I drove 2.25 miles southeast on Teapot Road, which parallels Teapot Dome. At a point that was nearly in a straight line to the summit, I parked.

I crossed the high desert toward the base of the peak. After about a 1/4 of a mile of mostly flat terrain, I started climbing in earnest up a fairly prominent gully. However, what seemed very very steep from the road wasn't as bad once I was there. I found good footing. After passing several neat rock outcroppings and towers, I was on the summit ridge. I then turned right towards the summit.

The summit ridge is somewhat flat, with a rounded rock rim protecting the even flatter summit plateau. I found a easy way up and was soon on top enjoying great views of the Snake River Plain.

The way down was without incident and I was soon on my way back to Boise after climbing 5 peaks in 4 days.


Getting There

Take ID 20 from Mountain Home heading toward Fairfield. Drive 7.1 miles, turning right onto Teapot Road. Follow Teapot Road for 2.25 miles before parking.


Hiking Directions

From the road, followed a near straight line to the top. After crossing the desert flats, I utilized a gully to the summit ridge. I then turned right and ascended the final summit block to the flat top of Teapot Dome.

See the GPS Track for specifics.


Photos

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view south from the summit
view south from the summit
bennett peak from the summit
bennett peak from the summit
view west from the summit
view west from the summit
mountain home from the summit
mountain home from the summit
crown benchmark
crown benchmark
terrain on my ascent
terrain on my ascent
looking down the south face
looking down the south face
the south face
the south face




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