Elevation: 4,628 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published January 2019
Wilson Bluff is the first peak you encounter as you proceed southwest on Wilson Creek Road. Its eastern and southern walls are composed of dark volcanic rock that forms impressive walls and towers. Its northern and western slopes are less steep, open, and grass-covered. There are many potential lines to the top but the Northwest Ridge route is the most straightforward. Even though Wilson Bluff isn’t a ranked peak, it’s an enjoyable climb and highly recommended.
USGS Topo: Soldier Cap
Access is via the Wilson Creek Road. (Use link) This road is a major access point into the Owyhees. Follow the road south past the peak’s eastern face where the road takes a sharp turn west and starts to climb. Immediately after this turn, there is a steep turn off and parking spot. Park here.
Northwest Ridge, Class 2
From your parking spot, look for a gate blocking off an old road. The gate has a sign limiting travel behind it to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The Bureau of Land Management re-vegetated/seeded the area behind the sign after a fire, but the road is easy to discern and follow. The road eventually turns into a trail. Follow this route west and then north to a saddle on the peak’s northwest ridge. Then, follow the northwest ridge to the summit. Here you will find a rocky summit area and a register. This route is climbable in dry conditions year round but not recommended when wet. This is one of the nicest hikes you will find in the Owyhee Mountains.
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