Elevation: 8,881 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Peak 8881 is one of five ranked peaks that surround the upper reaches of Irving Creek. Two of the peaks are on the Continental Divide and a third peak is very close to the CD. This five-peak adventure includes Peak 8589, Peak 9521, Peak 9660, Peak 9201, and Peak 8881. It covers 11.0 miles with 4,500 feet of elevation gain round trip. It is a magnificent ridge traverse that I highly recommend. USGS Edie Creek
Same as for Peak 8589. This is the final leg of a five-peak journey that begins along Irving Creek Road.
North Ridge, Class 2
From the 8,500-foot connecting saddle with Peak 9201,scramble south up a sagebrush-covered ridge briefly then move left-ish/southeast to reach a ridge saddle just east of Point 8800. From that saddle, head left/east up the ridge then southeast across a short face section to skirt an unnamed hump and reach the small saddle at the base of the north ridge of Peak 8881. From the saddle, climb south up a somewhat steep ridge using a game trail on the right/west side of the ridge to reach the small ridge crest summit of Peak 8881. The summit has a small cairn.
South Ridge, Class 2
From the summit, descend the upper south face south then southeast to reach the [obvious] south ridge. The terrain is a combination of sagebrush and easy grass/scrub. Follow the open ridge crest all the way down to where the ridge narrows and becomes an ugly combination of rocky outcrops and mountain mahogany. Leave the ridge and descend right/southwest. Once on flatter ground below, return to a southward trajectory. Bushwhack through a section of easy pine forest then cross some thick grass meadows to intercept a Forest Service road that heads up Bear Canyon. Go right/southwest onto the road and follow it down to an unsigned junction with Irving Creek Road. Follow Irving Creek Road south for about a mile back to the BLM boundary and your parked vehicle.