Elevation: 7,860 ft
This peak is not in the book. Livingston’s route description for this peak covers an ambitious traverse starting at the Bear Creek Trailhead and climbing over Peak 7314, Peak 7860, and Peak 9142 before reaching Big Elk Mountain. Published November 2020
Peak 7860 is one of five peaks that surround Muddy Creek: Peak 7314, Peak 7860, Peak 9142, Big Elk Mountain (9,476 feet), and Peak 7911. This is a challenging multi-peak adventure that covers 11.0 miles with 5,150 feet of elevation gain round trip. It includes some trail hiking, a bit of bushwhacking, and a long, up-and-down ridge traverse. Peak 7860 is a lateral ridgeline summit not your typical rounded hump or pyramidal summit. USGS Big Elk Mountain
Same as for Peak 7314. This is the second leg of a five-peak adventure.
Same as for Peak 7314
Northeast Ridge, Class 2
From the 6,980-foot connecting saddle with Peak 7314, bushwhack southwest then south up the ridge to the summit of Peak 7860. The terrain is forested with lots of brush and some blowdown. The summit is small and narrow but is open on its south side. It is a ridge crest summit with no summit cairn.
West Ridge, Class 2
From the summit, descend west on the narrow but easy, open terrain on the ridge. There is a goat trail on the left/south side of the ridge crest which helps at times. The ridge bends left/southwest to drop to a saddle. Skirt the right/west side of a minor point (Point 7643) to reach a small saddle at the base of Peak 9142. This is the 7,580-foot connecting saddle with Peak 9142. It concludes the second leg of today’s five-peak journey. Peak 9142 is up next.