Danskin Peak Lookout Tower is a 16.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mountain Home, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, off road driving, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Length16.4 miElevation gain3,753 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingOHV/Off-road drivingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsRocky
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This is a National Forest Road to the lookout tower at the top of Danskin Peak (elevation 6,892 feet). From the summit, there are 360 degree views of the Trinity Range, Boise Range, Snake River Plain, Smith Prairie, and more. A high-clearance 4WD/AWD can be driven all the way to the top, or the last portion can be hiked.

There are no facilities along this route.

Mountain Home Ranger District 3080 Industrial Way Mountain Home, ID 83647 (208) 587-7961

Do not attempt to drive this road after even a 1/2 inch of rain. Do not attempt to drive it in a sedan or low-clearance vehicle. Although the road opens in April, winter conditions may still exist on or near the summit. Be careful and enjoy the drive or hike!

From Boise: Take the Simco Road exit from I-84, followed by Desert Wind Road, Tilli Road, Ditto Creek Road, Martha Avenue, and Foothill Road. Google Maps will attempt to route you on a shortcut between Martha and Foothill, but the road does not exist. Continue to the intersection of Martha and Foothill. From Mountain Home: Start north on Canyon Creek Road, then continue straight onto Foothill Road. Foothill Road continues straight onto NF-167, Danskin Lookout Road.

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Wynter Moseley
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Hiking

We drove up until the road was too muddy/icy and then hiked the rest of the way. A little challenging but absolutely beautiful. Plenty of wildlife too. We saw elk, antelope, and many birds. The snow was too deep for us to make it the last .03 miles :( but there is a smaller peak adjacent the lookout tower that had stunning views. I’ll definitely be back in the spring!

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Cupcake Allen
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OHV/Off-road driving

We road the trail in RZR XP. Very good road all the way to the summit. Lots of wild life along the way. Many other trails to take off main road. Don’t be put off ‘No Trespassing’ tires in the staging area. We’re from out of state and weren’t sure what to do, but all locals parked at triangle roads. This trip can be enjoyed in half day.

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Matthew Wordell
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Mountain bikingRocky

Rode this to the lookout tower. Very steep climbs as you near the final ascent and incredible views of Prairie and the south fork to keep you motivated. Highly recommend checking out this zone.

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NC Kepros
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In my experience, the trail explained here is the absolute wrong approach--unless you are trying to drive up. You can do a beautiful, scenic hike from the southwest and be on the summit and out in barely over 9 miles. Simply turn off FS 167 on to FS 167a, park when the road gets rough, and follow the road toward the south ridge just to the left of a large and beautiful boulder field. When the road ends, gain the south ridge, and it is an easy stroll to the top. Satellite and topo are handy but not absolutely essential.

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laura McInnes
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Hiking

Great trail. Beautiful views. I went 4/20/2020 loads of Mormon crickets everywhere. Weather was perfect.

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Skavenja O
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HikingMuddyScramble

Great bike ride up and back. Saw a herd of mulies, scared up some ducks and geese. Pretty views. Snow kept me from reaching the lookout.

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Xavier Roman
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OHV/Off-road drivingIcySnow

Dec. 17th 2019 Weather light snow at beginning and about 2 feet at the top. Signs: Forestry say closed Jan - Apr. and not maintained in winter. Road is very well maintained for about 95% of trial. The last mile to the tower is a little steeper but not much. This last section can be very difficult to drive through during winter with heavy snow (I wanted to plow it myself but it wouldn't last). In a dry summer this would be an easy 2x4 trail.

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Zayne Lee
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An amazing trail!

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Nick Collins
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HikingNo shade

i parked at the camp site and hoofed to the lookout. It's a wide road so theres plenty of space for bikers or ATV riders as well. Free roam cattle all over the lower part of the trail made me stop a few times waiting for them to move. I had alot of fun though! no cell reception so its peaceful!

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Kelly Ross
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HikingBugsNo shade

awesome trail, would definitely recommend

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James Williams
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Hiking

No cover but was nice and quiet. you can drive the road too.

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Daniel Homer
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Hiking

beautiful ride. some steep and rough road but worth it.

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Greg Hart
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First to Review

This is an awesome drive, but I made the mistake of attempting it on a rainy day. The road becomes very dangerous after a small amount of rain, so only attempt it on dry days. You'll be rewarded with amazing views at the summit! I had to park slightly below it because two fallen trees blocked the road. There are other places to turn off the road depending on where you want to start your hike from. The drive took about two hours coming from downtown Boise.

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Todd Solomon
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Hiking
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Matt Osojnicki
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Hiking
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Katie Burt
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Hiking
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Katie Burt
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Mark Politowicz
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Daniel Homer
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OHV/Off-road driving
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