Near Almo in Cassia County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
The emigrants heading west on the California Trail probably fanned out as they crossed this basin, converging again at Pinnacle Pass, a gap in the rocks directly in front of you. They often did not travel in single-file lines; fanning out helped avoid dust from those ahead. Nor would many emigrants be riding in the wagons; most would have walked.
Pinnacle Pass provided the westbound exit from the City of Rocks. More than one traveler described the pass as narrow and rugged. In later years teamsters used cables to ease heavy freight wagons down the far side. Pinnacle Pass was rugged enough that 20th-century road builders avoided it by dynamiting an easier route farther to the right for the present-day road.
Erected by National Park Service, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 3.686′ N, 113° 42.078′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Almo ID 83312, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Pleasant Place (approx. 0.9 miles away); California Trail -- Silent City of Rocks (approx. 0.9 miles away); California Trail -- Pinnacle Pass (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fading Away (approx. one mile away); Distant Views (approx. one mile away); Twin Sisters (approx. 2½ miles away); Passing Through (approx. 2½ miles away); California Trail - Trail Junction (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Almo.
More about this marker. The coordinates entered are based on Google Maps but they do not align with those from my camera which are 42.0598, -113.6909.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.