Summary: This review is about a hike in Owyhee County, Idaho, a place that you might find is a good vacation spot if you are looking for uncrowded outdoor recreation. It's also unique, rugged and quite beautiful.I went on a solo cross-country hike in the Owyhee Mountain southwest of Grand View, Idaho. Peak 5651 was my destination but I never made all the way to that little spot on this earth but I was close. Why? I ran out of energy and I'm not in the best physical condition after a long, cold winter.
|The view from near Owyhee Peak 5651 in March 2017. Rough Mtn. is the name of the snow covered peak in the mid-ground|
Stop For Food and Supplies
If you are need of some last minutes food or supplies, there is a cafe and a small general store on Highway 78 just outside of Grand View, Idaho. For a better choice of supplies and munchies, buy them in the Boise, Caldwell or Meridan area before heading out.
Here is Grand View, Idaho link to Google Maps
- Coordinates the photo was taken: 42.7479889, -116.2795861
- Taken on March 12, 2017, at around 3:30 P.M.
- 20 miles southwest of Grand View and 60 miles south of Boise, Idaho (as the crow flies)
- All lands along the hike to the peak were public and freely open to hiking
- To start the hike, park at or near coordinates 42.766069, -116.280721 just off Mud Flat Road.
- There are no trails to the peak so you just need to point your nose towards your destination and start walking. No, really.
|A spit of land called "Between the Creeks" can be seen in the background.|
Why Off Trail There?
The primary reason I wanted to peak-out in this particular area was so I could view and possible hike part of the way down into the Shoofly Creek canyon a.k.a. Perjure Canyon. The hike up to this butte was tougher than I expected so I stopped when the view was good enough. And the views of this little-visited canyon area were spectacular.
Originally published on March 14, 2017.
Tim Bondy Freelance
Writer & Citizen Journalist
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