Peak 6499 (Mercury Peak)

Elevation: 6,499 ft
Prominence: 319

This peak is not in the book. Published June 2019


Mercury Peak is located midway between Toy Pass and Quicksilver Mountain on the main Owyhee Mountains crest. This peak offers scenic views of Quicksilver Mountain to the west, the Snake River Plain in the north, South Mountain to the south and Toy Mountain in the east. USGS Toy Pass

Mercury Peak with the ATV track climbing up from right to left and Quicksilver Mountain on the right.

Mercury Peak with the ATV track climbing up from right to left and Quicksilver Mountain on the right.

Access

Toy Pass [A](3) pages 346-347]

Southeast Ridge from Toy Pass, Class 1-2

At the top of Toy Pass, just south of the cattleguard, a 4WD/ATV road leaves the main road and heads west through the junipers. Follow this road west as it quickly contours to a ridge above the next drainage where there is a gate. Cross through the gate. From this point, the road swings around the drainage to saddle on the main crest. After this point the road drops downhill heading to God knows where. There is a range fence in the saddle. This fence leads along the ridge to Peak 6499. You can cross through a gate at the saddle and follow the ridge toward Peak 6499 or you can follow the fence line on its south side. Eventually, if you stay south of the fence, you will come to an ATV trail designated C310. This ATV trail runs nearly over the summit of Peak 6499. The ATV trail has several ups and downs that will lengthen the ordeal.

Alternatively, if you go through the gate you can stay near the ridge top following the occasional cattle trail and avoid a few ups and downs but you will need to cross the fence without a gate before reaching Peak 6499. My route measured 3.4 miles with 483 feet of gain. If you start at Toy Pass add another mile and 200 feet of gain.

The 4WD/ATV road is not shown on the the Toy Pass Quadrangle. It is the red line on this map. My GPS track is in blue.

The 4WD/ATV road is not shown on the the Toy Pass Quadrangle. It is the red line on this map. My GPS track is in blue.

The ATV trail, C310 climbing up the ridge between Toy Pass and Peak 6499 (Mercury Peak).

The ATV trail, C310 climbing up the ridge between Toy Pass and Peak 6499 (Mercury Peak).

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Owyhee Mountains

Longitude: -116.57919   Latitude: 42.92219

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