Elevation: 6,321 ft
This peak is not in the book. Updated June 2018
Hoodoo Peak is located roughly 5 miles east of Idaho City and south of Rabbit Creek Summit. To reach the peak, follow ID-21 east from Idaho City to [signed] Granite Creek Road/FS-327. This road is a well-maintained route that climbs up Granite Creek to Rabbit Creek Summit at 5,765 feet in roughly 7 miles. Park here. USGS Rabbit Creek Summit
South Ridge, Class 1
Follow FST-598/Jack Rabbit Motorcycle Trail to the north for approximately 2 miles to the summit. You will encounter one trail intersection along the way, which is not shown on maps (a trail re-route). Simply stay high and follow the obvious ridge to the summit.
The hike follows a somewhat mellow and forested ridge to the summit. At some points, you just feel as if you’re walking in a forest. But when the trees open up periodically, the views of the vast Boise Basin to the west and North/Middle Fork Boise River drainage to the east are fantastic. The forest opens up even more at the summit, leading to even bigger views including the Northern Trinity Mountains [Sunset Mountain (7,869 feet) and Pilot Peak (8,128 feet)]. Note that the summit is just a bump on the ridge, which doesn’t really result in a “big peak” sensation but the ridge is still relatively prominent.
For those interested, the trail is in good shape and is quite navigable on a mountain bike. However, it does require a few short hike-a-bikes before reaching the summit. Connecting this route with Hoodoo Trail/FST-592 makes for a great backcountry mountain bike loop.