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The Soda Springs Peaks (8,740’ & 8,787’) reside in a remote, seldom-visited area north of the Nez Perce Fork of the Bitterroot River. Both highpoints sit on the crest of a southeast-northwest ridge located between the ridges of Bare Peak and Mount Jerusalem. Though not particularly high, the views of the surrounding 9,000+ foot peaks which these two summits offer can be had nowhere else.

The best way to reach these summits is from the Soda Springs Trailhead. The unmarked route to the Soda Springs Peaks begins by proceeding east along an abandoned road for 100 yards to where a large (and long-dead) Ponderosa Pine has fallen across the road. Immediately after passing the fallen tree, leave the old roadbed and climb a short distance directly north to the crest of the ridge.

 After reaching the crest, bushwhack along the ridge-crest through woods (thick in places) and over talus in a northwesterly direction to the eastern summit. A short Class 3 down-climb is required from the east summit before continuing (Class 2+) to the western and more-craggy summit.

Michael Hoyt

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