Elevation: 6,877 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published April 2021
Clover Mountain is located southwest of Rough Mountain at the eastern end of the Owyhee Mountains. Because it is situated away from roads, it is not readily visible and is often ignored. This is unfortunate because the hike to its summit is one of the nicest walks in the range. Like many Owyhee Mountains’ summits, public and private land are intermixed. Although private land blocks the most direct route to the summit, there is a good bypass available. USGS Clover Mountain
From the junction of ID-78/ID-167 in Grand View, Idaho drive east on ID-78 for 2.1 miles. Take a slight right onto the Mud Flat Road (which is part of the Owyhee Scenic Byway). Follow this good paved (and then gravel) road for 28 miles. Turn right/north onto Castle Creek Road which is an occasionally-maintained dirt road. Follow this road north for 0.7 miles where the road reaches a gate. This gate is on public land. Pass through the gate and drive a short distance down the hill to a junction where the Castle Creek Road turns hard to your left. Park here.
South Ridge, Class 2
From the parking spot, hike north up to the gate marking the beginning of private land. Follow the fence line west until you are on Section 23 which is State of Idaho land. Cross the fence and descend to Maggie Creek. Cross the creek and climb due north up the sagebrush slope. You will eventually reach the 4WD road that climbs out of the private property to the top of the peak’s south ridge. Follow the road to the summit area where you will find three fences coming together. Cross the fence and walk a short distance to the high point. Jon Fredland placed a register in the summit cairn.