Hayden Peak Climber's Log

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huskertriguy - Nov 28, 2020 7:23 pm Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2020

You say Cinnabar, I say Hayden, let's call the whole thing off...  Sucess!

I was nursing an injury but desperately in need of some time outside. Thus I took a quick 2 days to hit the relatively easy Canyon, Owyhee, Cassia, and Box Elder (UT) county high points.

Driving from Pickles Butte, I passed two buildings that I realized were the post office and county courthouse. Owyhee County has very few towns or businesses. Because of the size of the county and the isolation of this summit, it just takes some time to get to. Be sure you have plenty of fuel in the tank.

Shortly after turning off the highway, the pavement ends and the road is easygoing gravel for the next 11 miles. This stretch of road winds through a gorgeous canyon, in my opinion the most beautiful area I saw all day. After turning off the gravel road it gets a little more serious: single lane and some ruts where higher clearance is advised. I met an ORV and we were able to clear one another without incident, but it was tight. I believe about any SUV could get up this first distance though.

At 4.5 miles after turning off Silver City Road, I came to a small drilling operation. It is here that the road narrows even more and becomes considerably tougher. If one were to walk from here it would be 3-3.5 miles one way. I kept driving, parking at the saddle where others have parked. From here it was a short and easy road walk with my dogs to the summit.

At the summit, a chilly wind blew right through us. The dogs were happy to have a respite from the rough roads but they were also ready to walk down and hop back in the vehicle when it was time. I found two benchmarks relatively close to one another under the shadow of the towers. There is also a granite memorial stone. We saw several small (and apparently new) wildfires off to the east. They just won’t quit in 2020.


Dundeel - Jul 29, 2020 12:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2020

Mormon Cricket Mob  Sucess!

Eric's 4R took us to the summit. Glad not to meet any vehicles coming the other way. Thousands of Mormon Crickets. It looked like the ground was moving around you.


ericnoel - Jul 28, 2020 6:01 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2020

Cinnabar  Sucess!

Auto assist.


Annalikeslenses - Jul 21, 2020 4:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2020

Aside from the cricket army, very nice  Sucess!

Well, we definitely didn't follow any of the routes laid out here... drove in on Jeep road F481 until the creek crossing and started hiking F491 two miles before leaving the two-track and bushwhacking southwest to intersect with F490. At this point we made the mistake of going west and found ourselves close to Turntable, so we decided to bag another peak and went up the north ridge, came down to the saddle between it and Hayden, and followed Hayden's northwest ridge to the summit. A little hazy but nice views...army of giant mormon crickets was hideous though.

Descended the same way to the saddle before heading directly down north, which was painfully steep and littered with deadfall before we finally reached F490 again and circuitously took it back to the truck. About 10.5 miles RT and 4000' elevation gain, plus a few battle scars and bruises.

Super Dave

Super Dave - Nov 22, 2018 9:48 am Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2018

Hayden Peak Loop  Sucess!

Took advantage of a beautiful November day to tackle a big loop in the Owyhees including Hayden, Turntable, and War Eagle. Trip Report


Deltaoperator17 - Feb 19, 2015 5:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2012

Yep  Sucess!

Many times


boisedoc - Aug 22, 2013 10:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

Hike and bike  Sucess!

I was short on time so drove most of the way. Parked at the saddle before Turntable and hike a biked. Turns out the road was too steep or too loose most of the way for fun mountain biking. Nice views. Definitely feels like a Nevada mountain rather than an Idaho one.


distressbark - Nov 6, 2012 7:23 pm Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2012

awesome day  Sucess!

Parked 0.8 miles up the road to War Eagle Mountain and hoofed it from there. Hiked up and over Turntable Mountain en route to Hayden Peak. Spectacular views of some desolate and unique terrain in many directions.


calebEOC - Aug 28, 2012 5:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012

Mostly Drive Up  Sucess!

I stopped a bit short of the summit to get a little hiking in, this is a nice area and Silver City was unique. The roads at this point are best set for an ATV, the ruts are pretty narrow.


tommyluke - Jul 13, 2012 1:06 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012

Owyhee Goodness  Sucess!

Had a great long day with Nick and Matt. We took the N. approach via Scotch Creek and enjoyed the bit of class 3 at the top. Enjoyed a summit beer that was almost, but not quite, warm.


asaking11 - Sep 11, 2011 11:44 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2011

good bike ride  Sucess!

Nice mountain bike ride from the town of silver city. The way down was tons of fun. Beautiful day with amazing views of the valley.


Drunkcaballo - Oct 15, 2008 12:23 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008

Long Day

Was about 15 miles round trip and went up the Northern Approach. Lots of snow still at this time of the year on this approach. Snow was firm and solid. A lot of fun for being close to Boise.


SawtoothSean - Sep 23, 2006 2:28 am Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2006

Long Ride  Sucess!

Mountain bike is a great way to tour this area and get up this peak. From just above Sinker Creek it was 23 miles and 6500 feet elevation gain (roundtrip). There is still active mining nearby and some new private property issues getting to the summit.


Dean - May 25, 2006 4:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2003

Labor day weekend  Sucess!

was a great weekend for Bob Bolton and myself as we did Steens Mtn in Oregon and this one the same day, then the Malheur cohp (Stevenson Pt) and Granite Peak in Nevada the following day and Crane Mtn in Oregon before we ran out of weekend.

I was very taken with the Silver City area and some of the gold mining areas that we passed on the way in from Jordan Valley. This is an area that deserves more visitation by myself. A jeep road goes to the top and services an antenna installation there.


SawtoothSean - May 25, 2006 4:12 am Date Climbed: May 23, 2006

Mth Bike  Sucess!

Long, but enjoyable mountain bike ride from Sinker Creek. Portaged many snow drifts.

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