Oliver Peak

MODERATE 6 reviews
#20 of 36 trails in

Oliver Peak is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Victor, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2680 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

bugs

washed out

Trail start by the Mike Harris Campground and goes to the Oliver Peak. After hiking for about 2.5 miles you get to a intersection where the main trail follows to the right and another side trial goes to the left - take this one to the peak. Then at about 3.8 miles you will have to get off the main trial and hike up to the peak. This section is difficult to follow since the trail is washed out. Note: use the uploaded GPS track to help you get to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

I'm giving this hike 4 stars only because the name of it is misleading. It does not go to the top of Oliver Peak, unless the top of Oliver Peak is much farther than the 8.4 mile round trip that is indicated by this app. It is a beautiful and fun trail to hike, though. The trail takes you in and out of the forest so you get great views of the valley and surrounding mountains, but still get to hike in the shade about half the time. There were so many wildflowers! Once you get to the ridge line you are walking through a field of wildflowers for almost a quarter mile. Absolutely gorgeous!
So the trail splits once you hit the ridge, we took the left trail since that is what others recommended. Once on the ridge, what I assume is Oliver Peak, is easy to identify. The trail continues southeast and goes right by the peak, though. Reading other reviews we decided to bushwhack our way to the top of the peak instead of continuing down the trail. Sure wish I knew where that trail led though. It was a fun one to hike and I'd love to follow it to the end one of these days.

3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

Fun trail. Current state isn't the best. It's a bit washed out and muddy in spot but in other spots it's great. The first 2/5 is awesome. Really pretty and beside the big tree that fell in the middle of the trail, it's clean. However, once your approaching the first ridge and come to a grove of fallen trees (many in the way of the path) the trail will become harsh. Towards the top there are still a lot of snow banks. Be very careful on them. They are slippery and cover the trail. As someone else has commented, approaching the top is very annoying. The snow is covering the northwest side of the hill. However just stay on dirt and you should be alright. There is a path that comes around through some bushes. Not too bad but I didn't take it. I just followed the ridge up and down. The top is great. Nice and clear. Overall, the trail needs some work. But if you're down to just go for it and push your self through the times that trail isn't the best, it's great.

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Did this with my son (10). It was a pleasant hike. Passed 3 other groups including one motorcycle (trail is closed to motorized vehicles). Once you hit the ridge the trail divides and the main trail drops into the next drainage. Stay left and go southeast on the ridge. The trail continues on past the peak and doesn't go up the peak. We didn't know this and followed the trail to the south ridge then went up the ridge to the peak. Easier route would be to go up the southwest ridge through a sagebrush covered slope (this is how we came down).

hiking
Friday, June 12, 2015