Elevation: 9,699 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Date of Climb: June 12, 2020
Peak 9699 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. Do not attempt this ridge traverse on a windy day. USGS Copper Basin Knob
Same as for Peak 9579. This is the third leg of a 4-peak journey that begins at Antelope Pass.
South Ridge, Class 2
From the 9,300-foot connecting saddle with Lupine Mountain, follow the ridge north over Point 9471 then drop to a minor saddle. A 2-track road follows the ridge northwest from this saddle and almost reaches the summit of Peak 9699. A final 50-yard scramble through short scrub gets you to the top. The summit of Peak 9699 has a decent cairn on top.
North Ridge, Class 2
From the summit, return to the 2-track road and follow it northwest then north along the ridge crest in open terrain to reach the 9,380-foot connecting saddle with Peak 9781. This concludes the third leg of today’s 4-peak adventure. This leg is mostly Class 1. Peak 9781 is up next.