Elevation: 6,648 ft
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 when viewed from the top of Rattlesnake Point. USGS Snaky Canyon
South Shoulder/West Ridge, Class 2
From the junction of ID-28/ID-22, drive east on ID-22 for 3.0 miles to [signed] Reno Cutoff Road. Turn left/west onto Reno Cutoff Road and drive 0.1 miles, crossing a bridge over a canal on the way. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn right/east onto an unsigned 2-track jeep road. Follow this road for 0.4 mile to a road junction—a side road goes left to a corral that sits at the base of the east face of Peak 5928.
On the way, go right at an unsigned road junction and cross under two 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 of Peak 5928 and the south aspects of Rattlesnake Point.
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 north 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.
South Face/South Gully, Class 2
Same as for the south shoulder/west ridge. 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.
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 south to about 5,300 feet then contour west to intercept a jeep road at the base of the east spur of Peak 5928, due east of Point 5482. Hike south down the road to your parking spot.
Regions: Beaverhead Range->EASTERN IDAHO
Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range
Longitude: -112.70809 Latitude: 44.06179