Boise County has only 3 remaining unclimbed 10k+ peaks, all deep in the heart of the Sawtooth Wilderness. But I have been increasing my trail running mileage for months, and these peaks presented the perfect chance to test my abilities.
With a name like "Nip Benchmark," I don't blame you for being underwhelmed. And it's true. It's really not much of a peak - you can hardly even tell where to top is. Only a hair over 300' of prominence. In fact there is only one thing that makes this peak stand out, and that is the magic word Location.
Oxford Peak is one of the biggest of the basin and range peaks that dominate the southeast corner of my state. 4,030' of prominence is the 10th most in the state, making Oxford elite among Idaho's big mountains. One look from the top, or from the town of Malad below, and that status becomes immediately clear.