Mount Harrison (Idaho)

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Mount Harrison
Heyburn Idaho Looking South.JPG
Mount Harrison from Heyburn
Highest point
Elevation 9,265 ft (2,824 m)
Prominence 2,298 ft (700 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°18′53″N 113°39′32″W / 42.3146335°N 113.6588992°W / 42.3146335; -113.6588992Coordinates: 42°18′53″N 113°39′32″W / 42.3146335°N 113.6588992°W / 42.3146335; -113.6588992
Mount Harrison is located in Idaho
Mount Harrison
Mount Harrison
Parent range Albion Mountains
Topo map USGS Mount Harrison
Easiest route Paved road

Mount Harrison, at 9,265 feet (2,824 m) is a peak in the northern Albion Mountains of Cassia County in southern Idaho. Mount Harrison is located in north of Cache Peak, south of Burley, northeast of Oakley, and west of Malta in the Albion Division of the Minidoka Ranger District of Sawtooth National Forest.[2][3][4][5] Mount Harrison is in the watershed of tributaries of the Snake River, which itself is a tributary of the Columbia River. The peak can be reached via a paved road that runs all the way to its summit. Lake Cleveland is located in the basin north of the peak, and a small unnamed lake is located in the basin southeast of the peak.


Christ's Indian Paintbrush is a plant species that is endemic to Mount Harrison, being found nowhere else in the world than on this mountain at an elevation of about 9,100 feet (2,800 m).[6][7] Mount Harrison also supports one of the three populations of Cymopterus davisii, a plant that is endemic to the Albion Mountains.[8]

Plane crash[edit]

On 9 February 1945 a B-24 Liberator Army Bomber crashed on Mount Harrison during a training mission in dense fog.[9][10] All nine crew members on the plane died in the crash, and their bodies were recovered over the following days using sleds, snow tractors, and horses.[11] The plane's remains have never been removed.[10] A memorial service was held on 29 July 2004 to dedicate a plaque honoring those who died.[10]


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  2. ^ "Mount Harrison". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Sawtooth National Forest". Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Cache Peak (ID)". Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Albion Range". PeakBagger. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  6. ^ Castilleja christii. The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 10-23-2011.
  7. ^ Castilleja christii. Center for Plant Conservation. Retrieved 10-23-2011.
  8. ^ Moseley, R. K. (October 1993), The status and distribution of Christ’s Indian paintbrush (Castilleja christii) and Davis’ wavewing (Cymopterus davisii) in the Albion Mountains, Sawtooth National Forest and City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, archived from the original (PDF) on July 28, 2015, retrieved July 28, 2015 
  9. ^ "The Plane Crash of 1945". Untraveled Road. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Dayley, Lisa (5 January 2011). "WWII Bomber Crash on Mt. Harrison". Burley, ID: Weekly New Journal. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Beitler, Stu (2 May 2009). "Mount Harrison, ID Bomber Crashes, Feb 1945". GenDisasters. Retrieved 10 May 2012.