Owyhee Meanders

Mountain Home, Idaho

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Don’t be misled by the relatively short distances for this hike. Nearly the entire trip is off trail, and some of the route is rather rugged, so it will take you much longer to walk a mile here than on a well-maintained trail. In addition, the distance you actually cover will turn out to be much greater than the minimum distances listed here, both because you will have to walk around lots of rocks and sagebrush instead of going in a straight line, and because you will probably want to deviate from the shortest course in order to take in the superb views along the winding canyon rim. Finally, this country is so far removed from almost anywhere else in Idaho, it will take you a long time just to reach the starting point.
Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

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Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

Don’t be misled by the relatively short distances for this hike. Nearly the entire trip is off trail, and some of the route is rather rugged, so it will take you much longer to walk a mile here than on a well-maintained trail.

In addition, the distance you actually cover will turn out to be much greater than the minimum distances listed here, both because you will have to walk around lots of rocks and sagebrush instead of going in a straight line, and because you will probably want to deviate from the shortest course in order to take in the superb views along the winding canyon rim. Finally, this country is so far removed from almost anywhere else in Idaho, it will take you a long time just to reach the starting point.

© 2015 Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mountain Home
Distance: 19
Elevation Gain: 3,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2-4 days
Season: Usually open April-Nov Best: Mid-April and mid-Sept-Oct
Local Contacts: Owyhee Field Office, Boise District, Bureau of Land Management, 208-896-5912
Local Maps: USGS Jarvis Pasture, USGS Piute Basin East
Driving Directions: Directions to Owyhee Meanders

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