China Butte

Elevation: 7,471 ft
Prominence: 331

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This peak is not the book. Published June 2022


China Butte is located south of the main Silver City Range crest in the Owyhee Mountains. Although your hike to this summit will start at a higher elevation than the peak’s summit it is a worthwhile goal. USGS Cinnabar Mountain

China Butte viewed from the north.

Access

Access the peak from the Silver City Road [(A)(2) on Page 346]. After crossing New York Summit, the road begins its descent down to Jordan Creek and Silver City. The Slaughterhouse Gulch road leaves this road 0.5 miles below the pass. Turn left and follow the road southeast past the slopes of War Eagle Mountain. The road then climbs up to the ridge top south of War Eagle Mountain. It then follows the ridge south for just under a mile to a junction. Go right at this junction, staying on the ridge that leads to Peak 8021. The road drops steeply into a saddle just north of the peak. Park here. Dry conditions and a high-clearance 4WD vehicle are recommended. (See the map below.) In June of 2022 the road past the north side of Peak 8021 was blocked by snow drifts and two large downed trees. Nevertheless, the blocked road is easy to walk.

North Ridge, Class 2

Follow the road across the western slopes of Peak 8021 to the broad saddle on that peak’s south side. From this point you have two options. I followed the first option to the summit and returned via the second option. This loop route covered 6.1 miles with 1,250 feet of elevation gain.

The first option is to follow the main road south from the broad saddle to the point where it turns east. Leave the road at this point and descend down to the ridgeline that leads south to China Butte. You will eventually reach a two track road (option two). Follow this downhill until it turns east and descends off the ridge. Leave the road at this point and follow the ridgeline south. You can either stay on top of the ridge (the best option) or traverse below the cliffs on the ridge’s east side on an infrequent game track. Once you reach the base of China Butte an obvious steep meadow leads directly to the summit.

The second options follows the deteriorating 4WD road (driving not recommended) that leaves the broad saddle on the south side of Peak 8021. This road (mentioned in the first option description above) descends into Mammoth Creek. At roughly 7,200 feet the road swings southwest and eventually joins the first option route. Follow that route to China Butte.

Access route from the Silver City Road (dark blue) to the north side of Peak 8021 (red). Hiking routes for Peak 8021 and China Butte (light blue)

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Owyhee Mountains

Year Climbed: 2022

Longitude: -116.73069   Latitude: 42.94709

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