Guffey Butte

Elevation: 3,130 ft
Prominence: 480

Guffey Butte is located along the the Snake River southwest of Kuna, Idaho. This small butte has excellent paved access. (Search for Celebration Park on Google Maps for directions.) There are exceptional views of the Owyhee Mountains and the Snake River from the top.

The butte is accessed by crossing the Snake River on a converted railroad bridge. While there are no  official trails use trails have taken root and climb nearly to the summit. I posted my GPS track below which followed use trails nearly to the summit. The butte is infested with tumbleweeds which will be hard on a dogs feet.

Guffey Butte from Celebration County Park. The high point is not visible in this photo. It is located behind the right high point. John Platt

Guffey Butte from Celebration County Park. The high point is not visible in this photo. It is located behind the right high point. John Platt

Dan Krueger supplied the following information and photos:

Guffey Butte has a rocky ridge of volcanic rock about 1/2 way to the summit. There are some interesting formations, such as in that first picture. It’s not really an arch, more like a 2ft diameter hole through the base of an enormous rock (I’ve attached another photo). You can actually see this rock in my second photo – it’s the huge square-ish rock just right of the center of the photo. The second photo was taken from the top of the rocky ridge, climbing it is not necessary to reach the summit, but I have a hard time resisting class 3 terrain. 🙂 The path to the summit cuts through the photo from right to left (see attached). The 3rd photo is the large cairn at the summit, facing to the south. There’s an ammo can there with a notebook.

An interesting rock formation. Dan Krueger Photo

An interesting rock formation. Dan Krueger Photo

 Volcanic ridge 1/2 way to the summit. Dan Krueger Photo

Volcanic ridge 1/2 way to the summit. Dan Krueger Photo

Summit cairn, facing south. Dan Krueger Photo

Summit cairn, facing south. Dan Krueger Photo

My GPS track following use trails most of the way to the summit.

My GPS track following use trails most of the way to the summit. Stats: 3.3 miles with 882 feet of gain.

Looking south to the Owyhee Mountains from the summit.

Looking south to the Owyhee Mountains from the summit.

An unclimbed tower on the west side of the butte.

An unclimbed tower on the west side of the butte.

Visiting the old bridge alone makes the drive worthwhile.

Visiting the old bridge alone makes the drive worthwhile.

Mountain Range: Snake River Plain

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -116.54119   Latitude: 43.28679

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