Elevation: 9,863 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Date of Climb: June 10, 2020
Peak 9865 is an overlooked hump that is located west of the White Knob Crest. It is connected to Cabin Mountain by a 9,163-foot saddle. One might contend that Peak 9865 is really just a bump (albeit a significant one) on the west ridge of Cabin Mountain. It is a fun scramble from Corral Creek and the Burma Road. USGS Copper Basin Knob
Burma Road/FSR-142 is located along Copper Basin Road/FSR-135 exactly 3.9 miles southeast of the junction of FSR-135 and FSR-138/Copper Basin Loop Road. Drive 3.8 miles on Burma Road to FSR-519 at Corral Creek. Park here (7,920 feet). FSR-519 heads right/east up the right/south side of Corral Creek but only goes for 0.1 mile then turns into [rugged] FST-4070, an old 2-track that is only suitable for foot or horse travel and is blocked to vehicular traffic by a split-rail barrier.
North Ridge, Class 2
Hike up FSR-519 then FST-4070 for about 0.8 miles to reach a sagebrush shoulder that is right/south of a prominent gully. Leave the old 2-track here and bushwhack east-southeast up through the sagebrush to reach the base of the north ridge. Stay just left/north of the forest line for the easiest going. Climb south up the ridge in open scrub then bushwhack through a brief forested section (with elk trails to assist you) to reach open terrain at about 9,300 feet. You will find an old 2-track jeep road here. Follow it in open terrain on the ridge crest all the way up to a ridge corner (9,800+). From that corner, scramble southwest then west to the open, rocky summit of Peak 9863. The summit had a small cairn which I rebuilt.
East Ridge, Class 2
From the summit, return east then northeast to the ridge corner (9,800+). From the corner, descend southeast then east on easy open scrub and broken rock to a saddle at 9,163 feet. The final section of the descent to the saddle is steep, with thicker/taller sagebrush to bash through. This concludes the first leg of today’s 2-peak journey. North Cabin Mountain is next and sits directly northeast above the saddle.