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рядом с Indian Head Rock, Idaho (United States)
The summit of Soldier Mountain offers fantastic views and is very well furnished with large cairn, a memorial, register and USGS marker. Getting there requires a lot of work with plenty of hiking on the road, specially the SE ridge. If the creek is not too high the NE ridge is a better route, but both of them make a neat loop.
Both routes start at the ATV road half a mile North of the Soldier Mountain sky resort. There is a fork on the road. Going left the road crosses a bridge and leads to the SE ridge of Soldier Mountain. Continuing straight for one more mile leads to a creek crossing and the NE ridge.
The SE ridge route is easier. The South Fork of Soldier Creek can carry a lot of water and be difficult to cross. On the other side of the creek there is a forest road. Leave the road and climb the mild slopes to the right to gain the ridge above the creek. There are hints of a trail on this ridge, and it ends at the pretty basin below Soldier. When reaching the treeline the slope gets more difficult and it is better to climb to the right keeping on the easy slopes below peak 9908. There is a boulder field on a flat section of the slope, and the boulder field ends below the saddle between Soldier and Peak 9908. Gaining the saddle and climbing Soldier is an easy affair. All the route is Class II.
The NE ridge is more tricky. It starts easy enough climbing the road until it reaches a sky yurt, and then becomes a long unremarkable trek. There are two summits in the way. The first is a rounded hill that you climb on top. The second is a jagged rock and it is necessary to go around it at the 9400 feet level. It is a very steep traverse and there is a large slab in the way that you negotiate going a little higher. After reaching the other side of the mountain the ridge to Soldier becomes a boulder hop at points. All the route is still Class II with no exposure and no technical difficulty, but you need to be comfortable negotiating the boulders.