Shares Snout

Elevation: 4,837 ft
Prominence: 617
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This peak is not in the book. Brett Sergenian provided the initial ascent information for this peak. Since his report, the peak has become a popular destination. Updated April 2018


Shares Snout is a distinctive rocky summit on the northern fringes of the Owyhee Mountains. It has a rocky summit which requires a short rock climb but is otherwise a walk-up.  USGS Opalene Gulch

Access

Coyote Grade Road. This road is easily accessed from ID-78. Take ID-78 east from Marsing, Idaho for 5.5 miles. Turn right or south onto Clark Road and follow it for 3.0 miles to a signed junction (the first 2.0 miles are paved). Unfortunately, the junction does not identify the named Coyote Grade Road. Using Google Maps will also get you to the north slopes of the peak.

The Coyote Grade Road stars here.

The Coyote Grade Road starts here

Turn right toward the Rat’s Nest Area. The name must refer to the maze of roads that you quickly encounter. Follow the road uphill for 5.0 miles with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet. This road has a few sharp turns and impressive dips but is periodically maintained and, when dry, is passable for 2WD vehicles with adequate clearance.

My GPS track for the Coyote Grade Road. The road continues on past the north slopes of Shares Snout. We followed the 4WD side road marked in blue to a view point. He main road continues southwest from this point.

My GPS track for the Coyote Grade Road. The road continues on past the north slopes of Shares Snout. We followed the 4WD side road marked in blue to a viewpoint. The main road continues southwest from this point.

North Slopes, Class 3 by Brett Sergenian 

Shares Snout is climbed from Coyote Grade Road. From the road, the summit can be approached from either side. Both routes lead right below the higher south summit. Then scramble to the top of the tiny summit, which is difficult to stand on. The views are not bad, with the northern Owyhees and the Snake River easily visible. From the road, the total distance round trip was a mile with 465 feet of elevation gain.

Shares Snout from Coyote Grade Road. Brett Sergenian Photo

Shares Snout as viewed from Coyote Grade Road. Brett Sergenian Photo


The summit block viewed from the north.

The summit block as viewed from the north.

Pat McGrane climbing over the crux.

Pat McGrane climbing up the crux.

Shares Snout viewed from the northwest.

Shares Snout as viewed from the northwest.

Western Access

Follow the Coyote Grade Road past Shares Snout to to the cattle guard northeast of the summit. Pass through the cattle guard and turn left on the 4WD road that runs south and up to the knob due east of Shares Snout. Park at the 4,600-foot saddle just before the high point.

West Slope Route, Class 3

From the parking spot, contour west over to the base of Shares Snout. Three fence lines junction in the saddle. Scooting under them is probably safer than trying to climb over them. Once on the south side of the fence line that runs up to the West Face of Shares Snout, hike up and to the left of the lowest cliff. Once you turn the corner of this cliff, you can climb up to the peak’s lower north summit. From this point, proceed as described above in the North Slopes Route description. This route is 0.8 miles round trip with only 275 feet of elevation gain.

This map shows the North Slopes Route in Vlue and the West Slopes Route in black.

This map shows the North Slopes Route (blue) and the West Slopes Route (black).

Shares Snout from the south.

Shares Snout as viewed from the south.

 

Mountain Range: Owyhee Mountains

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -116.8252   Latitude: 43.3768

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