Elevation: 7,260 ft
This peak is not in the book. Updated May 2018
Rattlesnake Point should have been in the book. It is one of those “under the radar” spots that I just missed. Its sits west of Deadwood Reservoir, east of Trail Creek Summit, and above the Middle Fork Payette River. There are many granite-infested drainages cutting this region with corresponding high ridges and rocky outcrops such as Peace Rock and Lightning Ridge Rocks. Rattlesnake Point is a an old fire lookout site and this ensures that the peak’s summit offers great views. USGS Boiling Springs
Reach the peak from the Banks/Lowman Road by taking Middle Fork Road/FS-698 [(D)(1.1) on Page 140] up the Middle Fork and then turning onto 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 to FS-671 which is signed for 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+
FST-032 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 2018, the trail was in good condition until 6,500 feet where there were many downed trees and brushy spots. While the tread was sketchy in a few places, finding the route was not difficult. For more information, use the link below which will take you to a Forest Service brochure for the trail.