Rattlesnake Point

Elevation: 7,260 ft
Prominence: 520

The summit is just left of center.

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.

The summit is just left of center.

The summit is just left of center.

Access

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.

FS-671 is well maintained and passable when dry to passenger cars.

FS-671 is well maintained and passable when dry to passenger cars.

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.

The trail passes many granite towers on its way to the summit.

The trail passes many granite towers on its way to the summit.

The trail to the summit has many beautiful vistas along the way.

The trail to the summit has many beautiful vistas along the way.

My GPS track.

My GPS track.

Rattlesnake Point with Brett Sergenian’s GPS track. Courtesy of Google Maps

Rattlesnake Point with Brett Sergenian’s GPS track. Courtesy of Google Maps

Brett’s GPS Track.

Brett Sergenian’s GPS Track.

USGS Boiling Springs

 

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -115.79889   Latitude: 44.30189

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