Elevation: 9,768 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Peak 9768 is the middle of 3 ranked summits that lie in a North-to-South line that runs from Worthing Canyon southward to Pierce Canyon. Each of these peaks is a gentle giant. Cross-country hiking here is easy and is aided by some old jeep roads. The 3 peaks are Peak 9693, Peak 9768, and Peak 9625. USGS Copper Mountain
West Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: August 26, 2019
Same as for the Northwest Ridge of Peak 8992
This climb is the next leg of a 3-peak adventure above the Pierce Canyon drainage. It includes Peak 8992, Peak 9768, and Peak 9625. From the connecting saddle with Peak 8992, scramble E up the edge of a forest. Use a game trail on the L/N side of the ridge crest to expedite your ascent. When you reach open terrain above the forest, cruise up easy broken scree and short scrub to the gentle summit. This summit has no summit cairn or signs of previous ascent. A few protruding rock fins constitute the high point.
East Face (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the West Ridge Route. This is the next leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 8992 to Peak 9768 to Peak 9625.
From the summit, descend E then ESE on easy open scrub to find an old 2-track jeep road (not shown on maps) that leads SE to a gentle saddle.