Elephant Butte by Dan Krueger

Elevation: 3,163 ft
Prominence: 183

This peak is not in the book.


Elephant Butte is located just southwest of Sommer Camp Rd, near the junction of Highway 95. There are not a lot of good parking options but we found a small turnout about 1/2 mile southwest of the butte and parked there. There was a very faint jeep trail that led to the south side of the butte. This jeep trail is on the border of private property, so do not hike north of this trail until you are at the base of Elephant Butte.¬†We left the trail at this point and headed for a large crack looming above us in the rock face which we climbed to the summit. There is some exposure, but it’s not too bad, just be very careful a fall could result in serious injury. The views from the summit are great. You can see Lake Lowell, the Snake River, and many Owyhee peaks. Round trip from the road was 1 mile, 320ft of elevation gain. Class 3. The route description continues with the photos.

Dan’s GPS track showing the approach route on BLM property.

This shot is from the base of the route looking up toward the crack. Dan Krueger Photo

We had no idea if this crack led to the summit, but it looked like the only option so we continued. Once in the gully it's hard to tell which side is higher, but the rock to the east (right side) is the summit

We had no idea if this crack led to the summit, but it looked like the only option so we continued. Once in the gully it’s hard to tell which side is higher, but the rock to the east (right side) is the summit. Dan Krueger Photo

After you enter the gully is where the scrambling begins. You have to traverse a narrow ridge over to a crack that is class 3.

After you enter the gully is where the scrambling begins. You have to traverse a narrow ridge over to a crack that is class 3. Dan Krueger Photo

Climb this crack up to the summit. Dan Krueger Photo

Climb this crack up to the summit. Dan Krueger Photo

Elephant Butte. Dan Krueger Photo

Elephant Butte viewed from the east. Dan Krueger Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USGS Opalene Gulch

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Owyhee Mountains

Longitude: -116.85239   Latitude: 43.45959

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