Elevation: 9,579 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Date of Climb: June 12, 2020
Peak 9579 is one of 4 summits on a long ridgeline extending north from Antelope Pass: Peak 9579, Lupine Mountain (9,554 feet), Peak 9699, and Peak 9781. This climb is part of a 4-peak adventure that covers 10.0 miles with 3,150 feet of elevation gain. Do not attempt this ridge traverse on a windy day. USGS Copper Basin Knob
From the Copper Basin Guard Station along Copper Basin Road, drive southeast on narrow, rocky FSR-135 as it climbs for 4.9 miles to reach Antelope Pass (8,934 feet). Park in a pullout area on the pass. Antelope Pass is at the base of the south ridge of Peak 9579.
South Ridge, Class 3
From Antelope Pass, hike north-northeast up an old 2-track road that follows the ridge crest. Regrettably, it soon ends and your work begins. At the road’s end, follow a game/use trail diagonally up and right/east to skirt the right/east side of a large ridge buttress. If you climb the buttress from its east side (as I did), you will find Ante Benchmark in a large ground boulder. Once past the buttress, move back onto the ridge crest and scramble north up the rocky ridge, skirting the right/east side of some rocky outcrops, to reach the final ridge crest rocky outcrop that is the high point of Peak 9579. There is a modest cairn on top. If you stay on the ridge crest and climb the ridge outcrops (as I did), the south ridge goes at Class 3. If you skirt the ridge outcrops, you can keep the climb at Class 2.
Northeast Ridge, Class 3
Follow the rocky ridge crest in a tedious endeavor to reach the connecting saddle with Lupine Mountain. There are numerous ridge outcrops that must either be climbed over (Class 3) or skirted by side-hilling on loose scree on the right/east side of the ridge crest (Class 2). There are several ups and downs on this ridge traverse as well. Not a whole lot of fun and a bit time-consuming. The descent to the 9,260-foot connecting saddle with Lupine Mountain is about a mile in length. This concludes the first leg of today’s 4-peak adventure. Lupine Mountain is next.