Peak 9758 by Judi Steciak

Elevation: 9,758 ft
Prominence: 738

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This peak is not in the book. Judi recommends the name “Peace Sign Peak.” Rick Baugher suggest the name “Jaywalk Peak.” Updated October 2023

Peak 9758 is located 2.2 miles north of Estes Mountain. I have not climbed this peak or met anyone who has climbed it. It can be climbed from Loon Creek Summit or from the vicinity of Estes Mountain. Climbimg this peak  combines a nice ridge walk with fine views of the surrounding mountains. The peak boasts a huge peace sign constructed from deadfall. One can speculate that it’s been there since the 1960’s. USGS Custer

Peak 9758 viewed from Mount Greylock.

Peak 9758 as viewed from Mount Greylock.


Park at Loon Creek Summit [(F)(3.2) Page 172]. The Loon Creek Summit Trail, FST-172 begins behind the kiosk on the southeast side of the pass. Remnants of this long abandoned trail can still be found in places. Persevere around some blowdown as the trail snakes southeast then east up bumps on the ridge that forms the border of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The trail peters out as the ridge approaches Point 9,400+. Continue walking the ridge as it bends sharply north. The ascent of the peak’s Southwest Ridge begins at this point.

Southwest Ridge Class 2+

Footing on this ridge is generally good until the last 300 feet of the summit cone. Bypass the major tower on the right (SE side). Above this, there’s slightly better footing (with mild exposure) for a short ways on the crest. Walk along the base of the summit rooster comb until you can scramble up a short wide gully to the cairn.

The peace sign is located on the NW slopes of the bump N of Pt. 9,400+. To the disappointment of the folks (or aliens trying to send earthlings a message) who put so much effort into arranging the deadfall, the sign is not visible from the parking area and it’s easy to walk by. It’s best spotted during the descent from the summit – or from space.

Approaching the Southwest Ridge.

Judi Steciak Photo

A view from space. Courtesy of NASA.

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Mountain Range: Salmon River Mountains

Longitude: -114.71869   Latitude: 44.47579

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