Elevation: 8,763 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Peak 8763 is located in the northwest corner of Copper Basin. This is the third peak of a four-peak adventure that includes Peak 8664, Peak 9533, Peak 8763, and Peak 8146. Peak 8763 is located on the east side of the Fox Creek drainage, directly above the convergence of the West Fork Fox Creek and the South Fork Fox Creek. USGS Big Black Dome
Same as for Peak 8644. This is the third leg of a four-peak journey covering ridges on both sides of Fox Creek.
Northwest Face, Class 2
From the base of the northwest face at the South Fork Fox Creek, scramble southeast up steep but decent scrub to reach the pine forest on the north side of Peak 8763. This pine forest is steep but is relatively open without much blowdown. The final scramble south to the summit is up a narrow, rocky ridge crest (semi-open). The summit itself is open and rocky with a nice summit cairn. Lots of elk trails and elk poop on this peak.
Northeast Face, Class 2
From the summit, descend north down the ridge then east down a face through somewhat dense forest (with limited visibility) to find the connecting saddle with Peak 8146. This is not an easy task because it is mostly a face descent not a ridge descent. Worse yet, you will not be able to see the saddle until you are almost on top of it. Thankfully, there is one natural navigational aid to help guide you to the connecting saddle: a shoulder the protrudes northeast directly from the lower section of the northeast face of Peak 8763. When you exit the forest and enter open terrain on the northeast face, look for this shoulder and aim for it. Once you reach the shoulder, descend east from it to a large, dry pond bed in the center of the saddle. This concludes the third leg of today’s 4-peak journey. Peak 8146 is up next.