Elevation: 9,602 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published January 2023
Peak 9602 is located on a high ridgeline that connects Sheep Creek Peak (9,950 feet) with Sheep Mountain (9,700 feet). It can be climbed directly from the Sheep Creek Trail or in combination with Sheep Creek Peak and Sheep Mountain in a lengthy, up-and-down, ridge traverse. USGS Thompson Peak
Same as for Sheep Creek Peak. This is the fourth leg of a 5-peak adventure that includes Sheep Creek Peak (9,950 feet), Peak 9940, Peak 9726, Peak 9602, and Sheep Mountain (9,700 feet).
Southeast Ridge, Class 2
From the 9,260-foot connecting saddle with Peak 9726, scramble northwest up the narrowing ridge. The ridge (and south face) becomes quite rocky and has some Class 2 cliff bands to navigate higher up. That being said, with only a 302-foot rise from the saddle, the cairned, open summit is a relatively fast ascent.
Southwest Ridge, Class 2
From the summit, descend a rock-and-scrub ridge (with scattered pines) to reach the forested connecting saddle with Sheep Mountain. The 9,300-foot saddle concludes the fourth leg of today’s 5-peak journey. Sheep Mountain (9,700 feet) is up next.