Elevation: 9,701 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Peak 9701 is a rugged, rocky outcrop that barely qualifies as a ranked summit. The easiest ascent route is via Red Rock Creek and the Northwest Ridge. Its East Ridge is an intimidating, rugged, knife-edged monster that is appealing to scramblers and goes at Class 3+. USGS Iron Creek Point
Southwest Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: July 11, 2019
Same as for the East Ridge of Peak 9740. This climb is the final leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 9740 to Peak 9701.
From the 9,340-foot saddle at the base of the Southwest Ridge, scramble up through easy scrub to reach the narrow, rocky summit area of Peak 9701. This ridgeline summit has a modest cairn atop the highest boulder.
East Ridge/East Face (Descent), Class 3+
Same as for the Southwest Ridge Route. This is the final leg of a loop route that begins and ends along FSR-104.
From the summit, follow the narrow East Ridge through a tedious series of rocky outcrops and minor towers. At 9,400 feet, the ridge bends L-ish/NE and you must navigate through an exposed ridge crest of rocky towers and blocks. At about 9,000 feet, the ridge melds into the forest, but not without a final steep descent requiring the down-climb of face rock/ledges, aretes, and minor gullies/chutes to reach the steep gravel in the forest.
The forest is a face descent because the ridge proper is now gone. Boot-ski down the loose gravel in the forest, aiming to reach the MC trail that crosses the East Face just R/S of an open ridge/shoulder near Point 8393 that is visible even from within the forest. Descend E down a gully to the S of Point 8393. This gully leans R/SE and brings you down to a more major gully. Follow an elk trail E across this gully and up onto a shoulder. From this shoulder, head SE through mixed terrain to intercept Cabin Creek and the parking area alongside FSR-104. As you near Cabin Creek, find an old jeep road that heads down to FSR-104 and the parking area.