Elevation: 8,923 ft
This peak is not in the book. Updated November 2019
Date of Climb: May 24, 2019
This peak is one of seven peaks that surround the Sage Creek drainage in the northern Boulder Mountains. Peak 8923 is located on the west side of Pecks Canyon and has a LONG South Ridge. The easiest ascent route is via Pecks Canyon Road and the East Slopes. The Dean Spring drainage is on private land so, though it is easier and has a jeep track in it, avoid it. Combining the South Ridge with the East Slopes makes for a nice loop route. USGS Jerry Peak
From US-93 north of Mackay, drive W on Trail Creek Road for 4.6 miles. Turn R/NW onto [signed] Walker Way. Drive 1.3 miles to a signed road junction. Turn R onto BLM Road #300 and drive 4.2 miles to a signed road junction. Turn R onto Pecks Canyon Road and drive 2.5 miles to an unsigned road junction. A steep ATV/jeep road goes R/SE here. Park at this junction (7,745 feet). This is also the starting point for a climb of the North Ridge of nearby Peak 8454.
East Spur/South Ridge, Class 2+
From Pecks Canyon Road, descend westward 200 vertical feet to cross a minor drainage and reach the base of the East Spur of the South Ridge of Peak 8923. Ascend W up through sagebrush and surmount a Class 2+ rock rib. The ridge now bends L/SW and enters a forested area. Scramble up through the delightful forest (a mix of firs and mountain mahogany) using elk trails to assist you. Once above the forest, you reach open terrain at about 8,150 feet. Follow the Spur Ridge SW then W up to the South Ridge. The terrain here is an easy mix of short grass, scrub, and scree.
Follow the South Ridge northward, passing over a couple of ridge points on the way. Point 8787 is quite rocky and has triangulation posts/wires/cairns but no obvious USGS BM. Cross to the L/W side of a cattle fence high up to reach the gentle, barren summit of Peak 8923. This summit showed no signs of previous ascent. I built a small summit cairn on the high point.
East Slopes, Class 2
Same as for the East Spur/South Ridge Route. This is part of a loop route that begins and ends on the southeast side of Peak 8923 on Pecks Canyon Road.
From the summit, descend the East Slopes, aiming directly at [visible] Pecks Canyon Road. The terrain has some undulations (shoulders and gullies) and lots of pesky sagebrush to contend with, requiring lots of weaving around. When you finally approach Pecks Canyon Road, you must descend about 30 vertical feet to cross a final gully. You will find a cattle trail heading diagonally up to the roadway.
This route requires crossing two cattle fences, one high up and one lower down. Be sure to not accidentally drift southward (or follow a jeep track southward) into a gully near Dean Spring, as that area is private land. Once you reach Pecks Canyon Road, follow the road S for 1.4 miles to your parking spot.