Peak 3036 (Hardtrigger Peak)

Elevation: 3,036 ft
Prominence: 306

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Hardtrigger Peak viewed from the north. The opening of Hard trigger Canyon is the dark area on the right side of the photo.

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Peak 3036 stands guard over the entrance to the impressive Hardtrigger Canyon on the northern edge of the Owyhee Mountains, southeast of Marsing, ID. The Hardtrigger drainage empties a lot of country and culminates in a spectacular canyon at its northern end where it flows into the Snake River Plain. I will post some photos of the canyon below. USGS Givens Hot Springs

Hardtrigger Peak viewed from the north. The opening of Hard trigger Canyon is the dark area on the right side of the photo.

Hardtrigger Peak as viewed from the north. The opening of Hardtrigger Canyon is the dark area on the right side of the photo.

Access

The quickest access to this peak is from Marsing, Idaho. Take ID-78 east from Marsing for 5.5 miles. Turn south onto Clark Road and follow it for 3.0 miles to a signed junction. Turn left.

Turn left at this junction toward the Hardtrigger Area.

Turn left at this junction toward the Hardtrigger Canyon area.

From the junction, follow the graded road southeast as it parallels the power lines for 3.2 miles. Park just after climbing out of the Hardtrigger drainage where the road takes a sharp right turn.

North Slopes, Class 2

From your parking spot, climb due north up the grassy slopes that split the peak’s cliff bands. It is just over 0.3 miles to the top with 560 feet of elevation gain. There are exceptional views of the Snake River Plain from the top.

My GPS track for Hardtrigger Peak.

My GPS track for Hardtrigger Peak.

Lower Hardtrigger Canyon 

Hardtrigger Canyon

Hardtrigger Canyon

Hardtrigger Canyon’s walls are made up of hard pockmarked volcanic rock.

Hardtrigger Canyon’s walls are made up of hard, pockmarked volcanic rock.

The Owyhee Mountains encompass many impressive canyons. This formation is in the Hardtrigger canyon.

The Owyhee Mountains encompass many impressive canyons. This formation is in the Hardtrigger Canyon.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Owyhee Mountains

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -116.73719   Latitude: 43.39539

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