The weather forecast was looking good so I make the decision to hike up a local volcanic peak called Teapot Dome. With temperatures in the 60s and plenty of sunshine, I headed up Highway 20 towards Fairfield, Idaho. But before heading up the mountains, I veered off to the right towards the massive lava peak about two miles off in the near distance.
To get there:
- From Interstate 84, Exit 95 head north for about 7.1 miles. Turn right or southeast onto NE Teapot Road.
- Drive for one mile on this good gravel road.
- Turn left on a two track road and park close to the intersection on the right. (43.183760, -115.547435)
- That lava massive extending well to the east is Teapot Dome. (43.181057, -115.533046)
- Point your nose towards the peak and start walking.
- This is a non-trailed cross-country hike.
- All the lands from the parking spot to the peak are public and freely open to hiking.
- There are other places to access this peak further down NE Teapot Road.
- If you are looking for outdoor gear, food or drink, it's best to buy in Boise or Twin Falls. Mountain Home, Idaho is a city in decline.
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Originally published on March 22, 2017
Tim Bondy Freelance
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