Elevation: 9,625 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Peak 9625 is the southernmost of three ranked summits that lie in a North-to-South line that runs from Worthing Canyon southward to Pierce Canyon. Each of these peaks is a gentle giant. Cross-country hiking here is easy, and is aided by some old jeep roads. The three peaks are Peak 9693, Peak 9768, and Peak 9625. USGS Copper Mountain
North Face, Class 2
Date of Climb: August 26, 2019
Same as for the Northwest Ridge of Peak 8992
This climb is the next leg of a 3-peak adventure above the Pierce Canyon drainage. It includes Peak 8992, Peak 9768, and Peak 9625. From the connecting saddle with Peak 9768, hike S up an old jeep track to the E side of Peak 9625. Leave the road and scramble briefly SW across easy scrub to reach the summit. The summit of Peak 9625 has a modest cairn, 2 pieces of rebar sticking out of the ground, and some triangulation posts/wiring nearby. A minor, rocky outcrop is the high point.
West Face (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the North Face Route. This is the next leg of a loop route that begins and ends at the mouth of Mahogany Canyon.
From the summit, descend the West Face on easy, short grass down to an open pine forest. The pine forest becomes thicker as you descend, and you have to contend with some downed timber. Overall, this forest bushwhack is not too awful. Eventually, you pop out of the forest onto an old, grassy jeep track in the center of Pierce Canyon. This jeep track is now a hiking trail (FST-200). Follow FST-200 down Pierce Canyon to a signed trail junction.
Go R onto FST-538, an ATV trail. This trail climbs diagonally rightward and leads back to Peak 8992. Where the trail crosses the Northwest Ridge of Peak 8992, leave it and descend the Northwest Ridge Route of Peak 8992 to return to your vehicle.