Elevation: 9,615 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2022
Peak 9615 is located on the main north-south Smoky Mountains crest about two miles south of Prairie Creek Peak (10,138 feet) and about two miles north of Baker Lake. It is most easily reached via trails on its east side from the Norton Lakes trailhead. USGS Baker Peak
Southwest Ridge, Class 2
From the 8,980-foot connecting saddle with Peak 9335, scramble northeast up a ridge of easy grass/scrub and scattered pines to reach the summit of Peak 9615. The summit had a minimal cairn so I rebuilt it into a nice summit cairn.
Northeast Ridge, Class 2
From the summit, descend north then northeast on a mix a loose shale, scrub, and ridge pines to reach a narrow ridge saddle at 9,220 feet. This concludes the second leg of today’s 3-peak adventure. Peak 9980 is up next.