Elevation: 8,614 ft
This peak is not in the book.
The area of the western Salmon River Mountains known as the Lick Creek Range is a complicated mass of ridges, summits and drainages. Much of this area was once covered by dense forests but over the last couple of decades the area has suffered large forest fires which have opened these granite mountains up for viewing. The section of these mountains between Pearl Peak (the Pearl triangulation station) and Beaverdam Peak (found on the Box Lake USGS Quad) is one of the most spectacular ridge lines opened to viewing by a forest fire. There are five points along this ridge that are great destinations for scramblers: Pearl Peak, Peak 8610 (Paintbrush Peak), Rain Peak, Peak 8614 (Burnside Peak or South Rain Peak) and Beaverdam Peak.
Burnside Peak sits 1.0 miles south of Rain Peak. This peak has slightly more than 200 feet of prominence between it and Rain Peak but due to the distance and the rugged nature of the connecting ridge, it clearly is deserving of separate peak status.
East Ridge Route. Class 2-3.
The east ridge can be reached from several spots along the Lick Creek Road or from the trail to Duck Lake [(B)(3)(c)]. I recently climbed this peak with John Platt, Art, Carol and Tegan Troutner and Andrew Chiles leaving the road at Lick Creek Summit. We took this route to the east ridge rather than the easier Duck Lake approach to see new country on some of our parts and to revisit the country on John and Art’s part.
Our route took us 5.8 miles round trip with 2,418 feet of elevation gain. The cross country travel to the base of the east ridge ate up a lot of time as we trudged up, down and around obstacles. The total moving time was only 3 hours but between eating huckleberries and sitting on the summit, we used up 6 hours.