North Fork Owyhee Wilderness Highpoint by Mark Jones

Elevation: 6,807 ft
Prominence: 387

This peak is not in the book.


The highpoint of the North Fork Owyhee Wilderness doesn’t look like much on a map but it’s in a very scenic and remote area of Idaho that just begs for more exploration.

Fair warning: we did not take the most direct route. There are some roads that lead to Indian Meadows just north of the peak. I can’t vouch for the conditions of the roads but they can be reached from the north side of South Mountain. And from those roads, the peak would be a very short climb. However if you’re looking for a little more adventure, Corral Creek Gorge is a fantastic, wild area to explore. This write-up is focused on the peak but more information on the gorge can be found here.

To reach the trailhead: take Mud Flat Road until you reach an old jeep road heading north at 42.5758, -116.7093. Park here.

The trailhead is about 8 miles from the summit. There are no trails and the terrain is very broken and hard to read. Navigation skills are crucial. Head north from the trailhead, staying more or less on the slopes on the east side of Corral Creek. As long as you keep heading north and generally uphill you will eventually reach a ridge that drops off into Nip and Tuck Canyon somewhere in the vicinity of point 6449 and point 6557. The highpoint is at the north end of this ridge.

The ridge is broad at first but becomes more defined the closer you get to the highpoint. There is a lot of brush to pick through but deer trails are plentiful and make the going easier. You’ll see the rocky highpoint as you approach. There are three prominent points and they are all close enough in elevation to be the actual highpoint. However, we scouted all three and decided the middle point looked slightly higher.

You have two options to return to your vehicle. Either a) retrace your steps back the way you came or b) drop into Corral Creek and hike through the gorge. The gorge is quite beautiful and definitely worth the side-trip if you have the time and energy.

USGS Topo: Wickiup Creek

The entrance to the gorge. Mark Jones Photo

The entrance to the gorge. Mark Jones Photo

entrance-to-the-gorge

Corral Creek Gorge. Mark Jones Photo

Corral Creek Gorge. Mark Jones Photo

Indian Meadows from the summit. Mark Jones Photo

Indian Meadows from the summit. Mark Jones Photo

North Fork Owyhee Wilderness High Point. Mark Jones Photo

North Fork Owyhee Wilderness High Point. Mark Jones Photo

Nip and Tuck Creek. Mark Jones Photo

Nip and Tuck Creek. Mark Jones Photo

USGS Topo: Indian Meadows

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Owyhee Mountains

Longitude: -116.75879   Latitude: 42.67369

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