The Owyhee Mountains are an incredible mountain uplands that are still mostly unknow to most climbers. The range was forced up by the Owyhee Batholith 40 million years ago. Some geologists believe that Owyhee Granite is part of the Idaho Batholith, isolated from the main batholith by the passage of the Yellowstone hotspot. Much of the range’s granite is covered … Continue reading

Shares Snout by Brett Sergenian

This peak is not in the book. Shares Snout is a distinctive rocky summit on the northern fringes of the Owyhee Mountains. (Class 3) Shares Snout is approached via Coyote Grade Road. From Sommercamp Road, turn south onto Clark Road and then head west on Coyote Grade Road until you reach the north slopes of Shares Snout. The summit can … Continue reading

Squaw Butte 6740

This peak is not in the book. One of eleven Idaho peaks using the name squaw, this Squaw Butte is 6,740 feet tall and sits east of US-95. Although it is impossible to tell when you traverse the route to the summit, part of this mountain is located on private property. There are no “Private Property-No Trespassing” signs, or orange … Continue reading

Bald Mountain 6719

This peak is not in the book. This “Bald” Mountain (one of 33 ranked peaks in Idaho with “bald” as part of its name) is located at the southeastern end of the Owhyee Mountains, approximately 38 miles southwest of Mountain Home, Idaho. The peak has two summits, with the northernmost the tallest. You will find excellent views in every direction … Continue reading

Peak 5591

This peak is not in the book. Peak 5591 sits just south of Federal Butte and southwest of Murphy, Idaho. The peak can be approached from Murphy from the Silver City Road but is best accessed from the west via Moores Creek. I climbed Peak 5591 from Moores Creek in conjunction with a climb of Federal Butte. See the Federal … Continue reading

Federal Butte

This peak is not in the book. Federal Butte sits southwest of Murphy, Idaho. The peak juts out from the higher peaks to the south, giving it a nice 360 degree view, which encompasses a huge swath of southwestern Idaho. This peak is Class 2 from almost any direction. Access The peak can be approached from Murphy and ID-78 from … Continue reading

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