Elevation: 9,540 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2022
Peak 9540 is located on a cirque at the headwaters of Frenchman Creek. It is most easily climbed via its northeast face from the end of Frenchman Creek Road. USGS Frenchman Creek
West Ridge, Class 2
From the 9,180-foot connecting saddle with Peak 9599, scramble east up the semi-forested ridge on somewhat steep, loose scree/gravel to reach Point 9526 (cairn here). While not the official summit, it measures five feet higher than the official summit to the north. Bushwhack north through a forested area of both live pines and burnt snags down to a minor saddle then up to the official high point, which is a tall pine tree with a small cairn next to it.
East Ridge, Class 2+
From the summit, follow the narrow ridge crest east in semi-open terrain through rocky outcrops and ridge pines, climbing up over a ridge hump then descending to a gentle, open saddle at 8,980 feet. This is the connecting saddle with Peak 9818. This concludes the fourth leg of today’s 5-peak journey. Peak 9818 is up next.