Elevation: 9,727 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Peak 9727 sits at the head of Timber Creek and just above Timber Creek Pass. It is the high point on a forested ridge that follows the east side of Timber Creek. The easiest ascent route is from FST-4076 at Timber Creek Pass and the West Ridge. USGS Iron Creek Point
Southeast Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: July 12, 2019
Sawmill Canyon Road/FSR-101 is located 36.6 miles N of Howe on the Little Lost River Highway. Turn R/E onto [signed] Sawmill Canyon Road at a fork in the highway. At 6.7 miles, reach the Challis National Forest boundary. At 13.2 miles, turn L/W onto FSR-105 (near the Timber Creek Campground). Set your odometer to 0.0. At 1.0 mile, go straight/N to remain on FSR-105. At 2.1 miles, reach a [signed] road junction and, just beyond it, a forested camping/parking area. There are two ATV trails that begin here: FST-4076/Timber Creek Ridge Trail and FST-4137/Timber Creek Trail.
From the trail/road junction (7,725 feet), hike N up FST-4076, an old jeep road that is now an ATV trail. It soon turns R/E and switchbacks up onto the ridge that parallels the Timber Creek drainage. The road/trail then turns L/N and follows the ridge northward all the way to Timber Creek Pass. Don’t go all the way to Timber Creek Pass. After about 3 miles of hiking, leave the road at a forested saddle at 8,940 feet. This saddle is just after you pass some old mining roads and FST-4076 bends L-ish/NW.
At the saddle, there is an obvious ridge heading N. Leave FST-4076 here and bushwhack N up the ridge through a typical pine forest with some blowdown to navigate through. The ridge is rounded initially but soon narrows and becomes better defined. Reach a forested hump at 9,560 feet. The ridge turns L/NW here and drops 45 vertical feet to a narrow saddle. Continue NW along the ridge crest to reach the summit of Peak 9727. The summit area is in open forest. The high point has a modest cairn.
West Ridge (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the Southeast Ridge Route. This is the first leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 9727 to Peak 9620.
From the summit, descend W through dense forest on an ill-defined, rounded ridge to find Timber Creek Pass. This is a short, but most unpleasant, bushwhack through dense pine forest with copious amounts of downed timber. Visibility is nil, so you must maintain a trajectory due W. You will soon pop out of the forest and onto Timber Creek Pass. This is the terminus of the West Ridge of Peak 9727.