Peak 9992 by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 9,992 ft
Prominence: 532

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Peak 9992 is located due east of Freeman Peak at the head of Freeman Creek. This incisor-shaped peak is often overlooked by climbers seeking the summit of popular Freeman Peak. Peak 9992 may become more popular now that Livingston Douglas has provided us with a route description. USGS Homer Youngs Peak

Southwest Ridge, Class 2+ 

Make your way up to Pass 9194 either from the Idaho side (via Freeman Creek Road/Trail) or from the Montana side (via Upper Miner Lakes). I did the approach from the Montana side via a trail to the lower Upper Miner Lake (Lake 8029) then a steep, thick, miserable bushwhack up the north side of the outlet stream coming down from the upper Upper Miner Lakes (Lake 8749). Skirt the east side of the upper lake through open forest and marshes to reach the talus slopes directly underneath Pass 9194. Pick up a climber’s trail on the left side of the drainage leading up to the Pass, and skirt a snow patch just below the Pass (Class 2+).

From Pass 9194, scramble east, then northeast, on the Southwest Ridge, finding an on-and-off climber’s trail to help get through the talus. Stay to the climber’s left (northwest) of the ridge crest as necessary to avoid minor cliff bands on the ridge proper. After about 25 minutes of scrambling from the Pass 9194, you’ll be standing on the summit.

The summit is a mix of talus and boulders, with a small cairn on top. Here, find nice views of Ridge Lake, two high tarns on the Montana side, and the East Ridge of Freeman Peak East from the summit perch. The hulking mass of Homer Youngs Peak is off in the distance, directly north. You’ll also have a good view of the Southeast Ridge of Homer Youngs Peak (another fun Class 3 scramble). To descend, I retraced my ascent route to Pass 9194 and then climbed the East Ridge of South Freeman Peak, which is a more-challenging, exposed Class 3 scramble.

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Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range

Longitude: -113.67909   Latitude: 45.27601

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