Elevation: 9,521 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2020
Peak 9521 is one of five ranked peaks that surround the upper reaches of Irving Creek. Two of the peaks are on the Continental Divide and a third peak is very close to the CD. This five-peak adventure includes Peak 8589, Peak 9521, Peak 9660, Peak 9201, and Peak 8881. It covers 11.0 miles with 4,500 feet of elevation gain. It is a magnificent ridge traverse that I highly recommend. USGS Fritz Peak
Same as for Peak 8589. This is the second leg of a five-peak journey that begins along Irving Creek Road.
Southeast Ridge, Class 2
From the 8,260-foot connecting saddle with Peak 8589, climb northwest up the ridge in open scrub then semi-open pine forest. The ridge narrows, steepens, and becomes much rockier as you advance higher. This section is a bit tedious but is not difficult. Stay left/west of any troublesome rocky ridge outcrops. By the 9,000-foot level, the ridge angle eases. Continue northwest to reach the rocky ridge crest summit of Peak 9521. The high point has a modest cairn.
North Ridge, Class 2+
From the summit, follow the ridge crest northwest (briefly) then north down a steep, narrow mix of rock and trees (Class 2+). Stay close to the ridge crest for easiest going and move to the west/left side of the crest as necessary. Be careful of loose rock on the sides of the ridge outcrops as you descend. The rocky ridge dumps you out onto a gentle saddle of scrub and now the going is easy. Skirt the left/west side of a ridge outcrop on a goat trail to reach a second saddle at 8,980 feet. This is the connecting saddle with Peak 9660 and concludes the second leg of today’s five-peak journey. Peak 9660 is up next.