Banks Mountain

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Banks Mountain gives great views into the South Fork and beyond.

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John didn't want to drive too far, and neither did I. As it turns out, Banks is almost exactly half way between our houses. This is looking up the North Fork of the Payette.

Note: Despite what the Land Management layer at List of John says, there is private property along the highway. You'll have to figure that part out on your own.

Trailhead

There is a bench not too far above the highway, then the climbing starts in earnest. We're headed for the highpoint in the middle of the picture.

Trailhead

WE had mostly clear skies, and it was cold. The light breeze added to the cold, and also brought in a few cotton balls.

Approach
Looking up the South Fork at Garden Peak. Approach

As we got higher, the views expanded across the canyon.

The snowshoeing was pretty good for the most part. There was a firm, supportive crust. On the steep ascent, Art removed his snowshoes (which didn't have aggressive crampons) and booted.

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After about 2k of steep stuff, the terrain eases back. About here, you enter the trees.

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And there's the top. It's a big, broad area, and the trees block the views.

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Summit.

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There's Garden Peak again.

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And the Sawtooths! Approach

Up on top, it was pretty warm and completely calm. Tea time.

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While we were in sunshine, it appeared Boise was under the inversion. Approach
Another look down into the South Fork. Approach

Map

Art noted that this is the farthest-north high-point on the Boise Ridge.

Approach

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