Elevation: 9,142 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 9142 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 9142 is a pyramidal-shaped hump that is overshadowed by its close neighbor to the southwest, Big Elk Mountain (9,476 feet). USGS Big Elk Mountain
Same as for Peak 7314. This is the third leg of a five-peak adventure.
Same as for Peak 7314
Northeast Ridge, Class 2
From the 7,580-foot connecting saddle with Peak 7860, do a grinding 1,500+ foot scramble on steep, loose dirt/gravel (with an abundance of pika holes and tunnels) in semi-open to open terrain to reach talus slopes higher up. Climb up through the talus to reach the gentle summit of Peak 9142. The summit has a decent summit cairn and splendid views from the open summit.
Southwest Ridge, Class 2
From the summit, descend southwest down an unpleasantly steep slope of loose talus/scree with scattered pines and aspens. This is a short, but not SWEET, descent to the 8,860-foot connecting saddle with Big Elk Mountain. This concludes the third leg of a five-peak adventure. Big Elk Mountain is up next.