Elevation: 9,414 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Peak 9414 is a gentle hump that lies just north of Woods Peak. It is a straightforward scramble from Alder Creek Pass. Unfortunately, much of this terrain is charred from forest fires and has much loose rock and blackened downed timber. Its neighbor to the south (Woods Peak) is just over 300 feet higher and dominates the immediate vicinity.
USGS Black Mountain
Northeast Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: July 26, 2019
Same as for the Southeast Ridge of Peak 9140. This is the second leg in a climb of Peak 9140, Peak 9414, and Woods Peak with a return to the base of Alder Creek Road. This climb begins at Alder Creek Pass (8,750 feet).
From the pass, climb W up onto the Northeast Ridge. Follow the ridge crest SW to the scree-hump summit of Peak 9414. The terrain on this route is a combination of charred pines and live pines. There is a lot of burnt timber to maneuver around. The terrain gets rockier higher up. There are some talus/scree fields, but they can be avoided by staying in the forest. There are some short, loose sections but, overall, navigating the charred blowdown is the most tedious element of this climb. The summit is a bare scree/talus summit. There were no signs of previous ascent, so I built a modest cairn on the high point. The middle point seems to be the highest one.
Southwest Ridge (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the Northeast Ridge Route
From the summit, descend SW through an open, burnt pine forest with only a few scattered snags left standing. The base is loose talus/scree and there are some ridge ledges to downclimb. Nothing too difficult. You will quickly reach the connecting saddle with Woods Peak, the next leg of this journey.