Peak 9255 by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 9,255 ft
Prominence: 395

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This peak is not in the book. Published December 2020

Peak 9255 is the final peak of four unnamed peaks located on the east side of Divide Creek and east of the Continental Divide. The peaks are Peak 8363, Peak 8961, Peak 9161, and Peak 9255. They are all ranked summits and are part of a four-peak adventure that covers 12.5 miles with 3,300 feet of elevation gain. USGS Deadman Lake

Peak 9255 as viewed from the northwest. Livingston Douglas Photo


Same as for Peak 8363. This is the final leg of a four-peak journey that begins at the Divide Creek trailhead.

Northeast Ridge, Class 2

The Climb

From the 8,663-foot connecting saddle with Peak 9161, scramble southwest up a rounded ridge in sagebrush then short scrub to reach the gentle summit of Peak 9255. The summit has a small cairn. Not many rocks to work with up here.

The summit area of Peak 9255, looking west at the Continental Divide. Livingston Douglas Photo

The small summit cairn atop Peak 9255, looking northeast at Peak 9161 (the hump in mid-ground). Livingston Douglas Photo

North Face, Class 2

The Descent

From the summit, descend the north face on short scrub and stay just right/east of a thick pine forest. Lower down, the terrain morphs into thicker sagebrush with gaps (some weaving required). Aim north then northwest for a narrow shoulder to the left/west of a drainage that feeds into Divide Creek. In mid-summer, both this drainage and the Divide Creek drainage are bone dry. Once on the shoulder, there is more sagebrush to weave through.

The shoulder bends from north to northwest and heads right down to Divide Creek and the Divide Creek Trail/FST-111 on its right/east side. Stay left/south of the pine forest on this shoulder descent to remain in easy, open scrub/sagebrush and avoid awful blowdown (and steep slopes) in the nearby forest. Once on FST-111, follow it for about 1.8 miles to the trailhead.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range

Longitude: -112.80001   Latitude: 44.41041

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