Elevation: 5,888 ft
This peak is not in the book. Revised May 2018
Peak 5888 is located in the far southwest corner of the Soldier Mountains. USGS Cat Creek Summit
This peak is located on Boise National Forest land (surrounded by private land). As you travel along the Castle Creek Road (see below) you will not see any signs identifying the public land. Consequently, make sure you have a land status map so that you can identify a starting point on public land.
Access and North Slope Route, Class 2
Climb the peak from the Castle Rock Road which cuts between US-20 and Featherville Road. See Page 155 for information on the Featherville Road. This road, before it was a county road, was once used by Oregon Trail travelers. Follow the graded gravel road from either end to the saddle between this peak and Wood Creek Mountain. Park and you will immediately meet the crux of the climb–crossing the tall, rickety fence that parallels the road. The fence is built to hold in sheep so you cannot go through it. A step ladder with steps on both sides would eliminate this fence problem. From the other side of the fence, it is an easy Class 2 stroll up the peak’s Northern Slopes to the summit, gaining 400 feet in just under a mile. The views on top are exceptional.