Rattlesnake Point by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 6,648 ft
Prominence: 188

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The South Face of Rattlesnake Point, as viewed from the parking pullout near a corral. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Rattlesnake Point is the high point of a magnificent ridge that sits above ID-22 and Peak 5928. This ridge is the East Spur of the VERY LONG South Ridge of Peak 9300. People must visit Rattlesnake Point because there is a huge cairn on its summit. Though not a ranked summit, this point is well worth the effort and offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. Peak 5928, a ranked summit to the southwest, seems rather inconsequential from the top of Rattlesnake Point. USGS Snaky Canyon

The South Face of Rattlesnake Point, as viewed from the parking pullout near a corral. Livingston Douglas Photo

The South Face of Rattlesnake Point, as viewed from the parking pullout near a corral. Livingston Douglas Photo

South Shoulder/West Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 13, 2019

Access

From the junction of ID-28/ID-22, drive E on ID-22 for 3.0 miles to [signed] Reno Cutoff Road. Turn L/W onto Reno Cutoff Road and drive 0.1 miles, crossing a bridge over a canal on the way. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn R/E onto an unsigned 2-track jeep road. Follow this road for 0.4 mile to a road junction—a side road goes L to a corral that sits at the base of the East Face of Peak 5928.

On the way, go R at an unsigned road junction and cross under 2 sets of power lines. Park either at the corral or near the final road junction in a large pullout/turnaround area. The elevation here is 5,160 feet. This parking spot offers outstanding views of the Southeast Ridge Route on Peak 5928 and the South Aspects of Rattlesnake Point.

The summit of Rattlesnake Point (right of center), as viewed from high on the South Shoulder, just below Point 6605. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit of Rattlesnake Point (right of center), as viewed from high on the South Shoulder, just below Point 6605. Livingston Douglas Photo

The Climb

This climb is the next leg in a ridge traverse from Peak 5928 to Rattlesnake Point. It begins at a prominent gully that separates the Northern Aspects of Peak 5928 from the South Face of Rattlesnake Point. Cross the gully and do a diagonal ascent rightward to reach the South Shoulder of Rattlesnake Point. This cross-country trek requires crossing several minor gullies and shoulders. The terrain is relatively-easy desert scrub. The South Shoulder is obvious and has a prominent gully on each side of it. The South Shoulder leads directly N to Point 6605 on the summit ridge, west of the high point. The shoulder is an easy scramble on grass and scrub.

From Point 6605, follow the ridge crest eastward, initially descending 125 vertical feet to a saddle. Continue eastward up to the high point (6,648 feet) on a narrow section of ridge. The summit area is a mix of brush and large boulders. A massive cairn rests on the high point. It soars over 1,600 vertical feet over the valley floor to the south.

The large summit cairn atop Rattlesnake Point. Livingston Douglas Photo

The large summit cairn atop Rattlesnake Point. Livingston Douglas Photo

South Face/South Gully, Class 2

Access

Same as for the South Shoulder/West Ridge Route. This descent is the final leg of a loop route that begins and ends at a corral at the base of the East Face of Peak 5928.

The Descent

From the summit, descend directly down the South Face on loose gravel and scree, boot-skiing often. There are some steep areas of short vegetation as well. Lower down, the slope eases and desert scrub takes over. You soon reach a gully. Follow it S to about 5,300 feet then contour W to intercept a jeep road at the base of the East Spur of Peak 5928, due E of Point 5482. Hike S down the road to your parking spot.

The South Face of Rattlesnake Point, as viewed from the base of the South Gully. The summit high point is right of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

The South Face of Rattlesnake Point, as viewed from the base of the South Gully. The summit high point is right of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range

Longitude: -112.70809   Latitude: 44.06179

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