Elevation: 7,260 ft
This peak is not in the book. Updated May 2018
Rattlesnake Point rises 520 feet above its connecting ridges. This peak should have been in the book. It is one of those “under the radar” spots that I just missed. It’s sits west of Deadwood Reservoir and east of Trail Creek Summit which is located above the Middle Fork Payette River. There is a lot of granite infested drainages cutting this region with corresponding high ridges and rock outcrops such as Peace Rock and Lightning Ridge Rocks. Rattlesnake Point is a an old fire lookout site and this insures that the peak’s summit will have great views.
Reach the peak from the Banks/Lowman Road by taking the Middle Fork Road/FS-698 [(D)(1.1) page 140] up the Middle Fork and then turning on FS-671 which runs toward the Silver Creek Plunge resort. From ID-55 at Banks, follow the Banks/Lowman Highway east for 8.3 miles Turn north onto the Middle Fork Road which quickly reaches downtown Crouch, Idaho. In 0.7 miles the road makes a sharp left turn in town and the heads north again. Follow the road north towards to FS-671 which is signed cor the Silver Creek Plunge resort. In 3.6 miles, just short of a pass, take the well defined road left a short distance to a parking area and the trailhead.
Route, FST-032, Class 1+
ThIs trail leads from the trailhead to the summit in 3.7 miles with 2,250 feet of elevation gain. The trail climbs steeply at first and the works its way up the mountain alternating between the ridge top and the side slopes.
In May of 2018 the trail was in good condition until 6,500 feet where there were many downed trees amd brushy spots. While the tread was sketchy in a few places, finding the route was not difficult. For more additional information use the link below which will take you to a FS brochure for the trail.
USGS Boiling Springs