Elevation: 4,540 ft
This peak is not in the book. Also see the Owyhee Mountains Peaks List for all of the peaks in this range. Updated April 2019
The access road described below was recently posted as a “PRIVATE ROAD.” The road crosses about 50 feet of private property and then enters public lands. Check with the BLM before using the access road: +1 (208) 384-3300
This volcanic plug peak has 281 feet of prominence and excellent access. If you come to this area to climb Buck Mountain, I recommend making the short Class 3 ascent to this summit. Please note that the majority of the summit block is vertical and would involve technical climbing. A Class 3 route can be found up the peak’s southwest side.
Access the peak by driving just east of Marsing, Idaho where US-93 and ID-55 meet. Drive 13.5 miles south from this junction and turn left/east onto the Squaw Creek Road. Note this road looks private since a nearby ranch has built an arch over the entrance. Follow the road up and east to Peak 4540. You cannot miss it as the road cuts across the peak’s northern slopes. Stop where you have access to the peaks west side and park.
Refer to the GPS track below to orientate yourself. I placed cairns along the route shown on the track. Be careful, you can easily get off track and onto slippery, dangerous terrain. Mark your route so you can find your way down.
From where I parked it was 0.4 miles and 380 feet of elevation gain to the summit.
USGS Piute Butte
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