Juniper Mountain by Brett Sergenian

Elevation: 6,820 ft
Prominence: 1,290

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This peak is not in the book. A fire recently burned the summit area. The road is in surprisingly good condition. Updated May 2021

Juniper Mountain is located in the southern Owyhee Mountains about 45 miles southeast of Jordan Valley. Although only 6,820 feet in elevation, Juniper Mountain is large and has several unranked summits. Juniper Mountain is a drive up. [The Juniper Mountain area is a unique landscape covering an immense stretch of country. The views from the peak’s slopes include Steens Mountain in Oregon, a large of stretch of Nevada as well as South Mountain and the entire Silver City Range crest.] USGS Smith Creek

Access and Route, Class 1

Take Yturri Boulevard east out of Jordan Valley, Oregon. This road quickly changes names, first to Trout Creel Road and then to Pleasant Valley Road. Follow the road south for 41.0 miles to the signed turnoff for Juniper Mountain. [These roads are part of the BLM’s Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway.] Follow the road south for about five miles and park. The summit is a few feet east of the road according to the LOJ, although on topo maps Juniper Mountain is marked about a mile to the southeast which is 100 vertical feet lower. On such a broad summit, the high point is difficult to locate. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended. The road is also a nice spot to run or hike as the area has excellent views of the Owyhees and neighboring mountain ranges. The summit road is quite gradual, gaining only about 1,200 feet in elevation.

The sign marking the start of the summit road.

This rock is likely the highest point on the peak. It is a short distance from the road.

The fire scarred summit area.

The summit road passes this cabin, a remnant of early days but still in use.

Looking north from Juniper Mountain across the Owyhee Uplands to the main Owyhee Crest.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Owyhee Mountains

Year Climbed: 2021

Longitude: -116.8734   Latitude: 42.4491

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