Elevation: 9,634 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Peak 9634 is the high point on a narrow ridge that begins at Mud Spring and follows the west side of Cedar Run Canyon. The Southwest Ridge is an enjoyable scramble and is the easiest ascent route. The summit area is narrow and rocky. It is the only difficult part of the ascent. Peak 9634 is a ranked summit but is rarely visited. It can be combined with Peak 10681 and Foss Mountain for a 3-peak day from the meadow at the end of Mud Spring Road. USGS Bell Mountain
Southwest Ridge, Class 3
Date of Climb: June 29, 2019
The access road for Mud Spring/Cedar Run Creek is located on the Little Lost River Highway, exactly 0.3 miles N of the [signed] Pass Creek Road junction in Clyde and 28.0 miles N of Howe. Turn R/E onto the [unsigned] access road and set your odometer to 0.0. At 0.3 miles, turn R/S after crossing the Little Lost River on a bridge. Cross a cattle guard. At 1.0 miles, turn L/NE at an unsigned road junction. This is Mud Spring Road. At 1.2 miles, go L at an unsigned junction. At 4.1 miles, reach the end of Mud Spring Road in a meadow/cow pasture. Park/camp here (6,900 feet).
From the meadow at the mouth of Cedar Run Canyon, hike up an old 2-track jeep road on the L/N side of Cedar Run Creek. Soon after entering the forest, the road becomes a cattle trail, but a good one. After about ½ mile of road/trail hiking, you reach the base of the Southwest Ridge of Peak 9634 in a small meadow where Mud Spring is located.
Leave the canyon here and climb NE up the ridge crest. The ridge follows Cedar Run Canyon and is well-defined. There are no navigational challenges here. The terrain on the ridge is easy scrub initially, then a pine forest with some blowdown. Shale scree joins the mix higher up, but the ridge is still an easy climb. Near the summit, the ridge narrows and becomes a series of ridge points/pinnacles. If you climb over them, it is Class 3 work. The side-hilling here is probably just as difficult.
The summit area is an open, rocky ridge crest that is somewhat lengthy. The high point is at the N end of this mess of rocky outcrops and humps. There are 4 rocky ridge points to climb (or circumvent) before reaching the true summit (ridge point #5). There were remnants of a small cairn, so I built a new cairn atop this final point. The summit offers a magnificent view of Cedar Run Canyon as well as the connecting ridge to Peak 10681 to the north.
North Ridge (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the Southwest Ridge Route. This route is the first leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 9634 to Peak 10681.
From the summit, follow the forested ridge N then NE then N to reach a small saddle below Point 9523. This ridge saddle (9,260 feet) is the low point between Peak 9634 and Peak 10681. Skirt the L/W side of a few minor ridge humps on the way to the saddle. This is mostly a forest descent and is not overly rocky.