Elevation: 9,423 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2022
Peak 9423 is located at the south end of a forested ridgeline that separates the Salmon River drainage from the Frenchman Creek drainage in the Sawtooth Range south of Stanley. USGS Frenchman Creek
West Ridge, Class 2
From the 9,020-foot connecting saddle with Peak 9345, follow the semi-open forested ridge south then southeast then east as it bends to reach the top of Point 9296. From Point 9296 to the summit, the ridge is narrow and rocky. It is semi-open and has ridge firs to avoid. There is no elk trail to help you out. The final push to the summit is in mostly open scrub/scree. The summit of Peak 9423 is open terrain with standing, charred snags on the west side of the summit ridge area. The summit has a decent cairn.
Northeast Ridge/East Face, Class 2+
From the summit, descend the northeast ridge to a critical ridge junction at 9,200 feet. Leave the northeast ridge here and descend the east ridge (which is well-defined here) in steep, loose scree/gravel with scattered pines. Continue downward until the ridge becomes a rounded shoulder and ends at a prominent side gully. Drop into the gully and follow its narrow, rocky, debris-strewn center tediously down to the valley floor with an easy finish on open scrub. Head east across the dry valley floor and jump across a small stream to reach the edge of the forest then bushwhack up about 20 feet to find the Mule Creek Trail. Follow the trail northward for about 1.5 miles back to the trailhead.