Bald Mountain 6719

Elevation: 6,719 ft
Prominence: 586

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 from the summit.

Bald Mountain from the peak's southern summit.

Bald Mountain from the peak’s southern summit.

The Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway. Courtesy of the BLM

The Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway. Courtesy of the BLM

 

The peak has above average access as it sits just south of the Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway. Take ID-78 south from Grand View, Idaho, and follow it south to the well marked turn for the Byway, roughly 2 miles south of town. Follow the road, paved at first and then good gravel, for 25 miles to a signed junction with Little Jacks Creek Road. Turn left here and follow the little-improved Little Jacks Creek Road to the first cattle guard.

 

From this point, at an elevation of 6,392 ft, a 4WD road heads east up hill. This road is passable with a proper vehicle to the saddle between the peak’s two summits. I recommend walking the road to increase the distance to the summit. Once you are on the saddle between the two summits, simply hike up the peak’s south, sagebrush-covered ridge to the summit. It is 1.5 miles with 675 feet of gain from the cattle guard.

Class 2

USGS Topo: Snow Creek

My GPS track.

My GPS track.

The view from the summit not only takes in nearby Clover Mountain and Rough Mountain but also the Snake River Plain, the Boise Mountain Range, the Owyheee Table Lands and large sections of Nevada and Oregon.

Rough Mountain from Bald Mountain.

Clover Mountain from the summit of Bald Mountain.

The seldom used summit register left by John Fredland in 2013.

Mountain Range: Owyhee Mountains

Year Climbed: 2017

Longitude: -116.34739   Latitude: 42.71389

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