House Mountain, southeast of Prairie, Idaho, had a lookout from 1931 until 1990. No buildings are left, but the foundations of the lookout, the house supporting the lookout staff, and even the pit toilet remain. The very top of House Mountain is a concrete slab with incredible views! The Boise River Canyon, Anderson Ranch Reservoir, and Trinity Mountains are all on full display. House Mountain Road, FS 137, tuns south off Meadow Creek Road to this inspiring summit.
House Mountain Road's early section is wide and easy to drive. The primary concerns are small to medium washouts, downed timber, and oncoming traffic around blind corners. Most vehicles can drive the lower section of the road, but on the climb to House Mountain, the road gets narrow, steep, and rocky. The rocks are loose and pointy, so good ground clearance, good tires, and 4WD is the order of the day. The climb is a fun stretch, and the view from the top makes it all worthwhile!
Dispersed camping is available along the lower section of the road. Camping at the mountain summit would be possible, but wind might be an issue. FS 137C leads to a lovely little valley where elk hunters often camp.
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