Cervidae Peak

Date of trip: 12/02/2000

Mileage: 4.1 Miles

Elevation Gain: 2000 Feet

Time: 2.5 Hours

Class: 2

Partners: Numerous

GPS Track: NA

Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Cervidae Peak4987367BoiseBoise, IdahoNoNo

Trip Report

Cervidae Peak is a small peak that rises steeply above the east side of Idaho 21, just after you cross the High Bridge over Mores Creek/Lucky Peak. Located only 30 minutes from town, the peak is a popular outing location for locals year round. On spring weekends dozens of people will be out on the peak enjoying the dry ground.

In addition to being accessible and thawing out early, the peak is accessible during the winter. Each year, the Idaho Outdoors Forum members hike to the summit on New Year's Eve.

The peak offers wonderful views in all directions. From the top summit, the Danskin, Owyhee, Trinity, and Boise mountains are visible. Lucky Peak reservoir is visible to your west and south. The peak will instill a sense of power, as you stand almost 2,000 feet seemingly straight above ID 21, as you watch ant-sized cars drive below you.

Animal life is another positive for the peak, as you can spot elk and deer on the slopes at all times of the year (especially winter and spring). The name Cervidae was actually derived from that, as the Cervidae family is where elk and deer meet up in the animal kingdom.

The peak can become real in the winter. On a December 2001 trip, the peak even had avalanche remnants on the west side, which is evident in some of the photos below. There is a pretty steep gully on the west side of the peak that offers some spicy snow climbing when the stars align just right.

There are numerous routes. I used to just go up the west side of the peak, which is trail-less and pretty much straight up with no warm-up. However, the southeast ridge route is becoming more popular.

The southeast ridge route starts near Lucky Peak, just past Spring Shores Marina. Go through a gate and follow a trail to the ridge. Once on the ridge, the trail is off and on, but pretty much stays on top of the southeast ridge, then south ridge to the summit.

The summit has a register and usually a flag on top. In the spring, the Arrowleaf Balsam Root displays on the peak are very nice.


Getting There

Follow ID 21 out of Boise to the Mores Creek bridge. Turn right onto a signed road that leads to Spring Shores Marina (and eventually Atlanta).

Follow the road about 2 miles and park on the right hand side of the road in a large turnout.

If taking the west routes, keep on ID 21 past the bridge for about 1 mile. From this point, the next 1/2 mile of highway offers several turnouts that will provide starting points for your ascent of Cervidae Peak. My favorite starting point is about 1.5 miles after the bridge, just before mile-marker 20. Look for a little two-track road on the right hand side of the highway heading west for a 1/8th of a mile or so. Park at the end of this road.

All starting points mentioned are accessible by passenger autos.


Hiking Directions

Follow ID 21 out of Boise to the Mores Creek bridge. Turn right onto a signed road that leads to Spring Shores Marina (and eventually Atlanta). Follow the road about 2 miles and park on the right hand side of the road in a large turnout.

If taking the west routes, keep on ID 21 past the bridge for about 1 mile. From this point, the next 1/2 mile of highway offers several turnouts that will provide starting points for your ascent of Cervidae Peak. My favorite starting point is about 1.5 miles after the bridge, just before mile-marker 20. Look for a little two-track road on the right hand side of the highway heading west for a 1/8th of a mile or so. Park at the end of this road.

All starting points mentioned are accessible by passenger autos.


Photos

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cervidae peak map
cervidae peak map
South Ridge of Cervidae
South Ridge of Cervidae
Looking south from the summit of Cervidae Peak
Looking south from the summit of Cervidae Peak
The Robbins Clan
The Robbins Clan
Arrowleaf Balsam Root on Cervidae Peak
Arrowleaf Balsam Root on Cervidae Peak
Heavy snow on Cervidae Peak
Heavy snow on Cervidae Peak
Elk on Cervidae Peak
Elk on Cervidae Peak
Lucky Peak Reservoir from Cervidae Peak
Lucky Peak Reservoir from Cervidae Peak
More Elk on Cervidae Peak
More Elk on Cervidae Peak
Cervidae Peak in the winter from the west
Cervidae Peak in the winter from the west
Looking down the steep south face
Looking down the steep south face




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