Cassia County - Cache Peak
Sunday, the 5th of July was a fitting day to shoot for Cache Peak, just south east of Mount Independence and the highest point south of the Snake River in Idaho. An earlier scouting trip indicated a decent trail could be reached by going through Oakley and driving up Fish Creek to the Almo Park ridgeline. At the end of the road a trail ascends the southwestern flank of Cache Peak to a saddle between it and Mount Independence. This steep escarpment created the cirque within which lie Independence Lakes.
An hour and a half hike with Ron, Rhett, and Miranda Jones brought Lori and I to the saddle and a view into the Independence Lake basin more than a thousand feet below. From there we bushwacked for a distance along the ridgeline until picking up a trail of blue ribbons that helped guide us to the summit. We reached the summit at 1:30 p.m. From there the views, especially to south into Castle Rocks State Park and City of Rocks were spectacular. We had lunch, a celebratory glass of wine, and then we headed back to the Jeeps. A beautiful hike with perfect weather timing as the storm clouds gathered as we finished. Another fine highpoint checked off.