Ascent of Peak 9400 on 2016-07-13

Climber: Bob McLaughlin

Date:Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 9400
    Elevation:9400 ft / 2865 m

Ascent Trip Report

Peak 9400 (the parent of Red Peak) and Peak 9045 are located in the Crystal Range, one of my all-time favorite stomping grounds. I'd gotten a good look at the two peaks last year while climbing Peak 8654 but had run out of time and energy. Recently, they had risen to the top of my unfinished-business list.

Parked at the end of Wrights Lake Road at Dark Lake. Hiked up the Barrett Lake Jeep Trail for a short distance, then turned off on the connector to the Rockbound Pass Trail. After arriving at the Pass, I paused to consider which peak to try first, ultimately picking 9045 to the south. Sidestepped up a steep snowfield from the Pass to access the ridge. Then followed the ridge to the high point, an interesting boulder shaped like an obelisk.

Descended 9045 to the east, working my way down class 2 granite slabs. Took advantage of the snow to glissade part of the way.

After a quick lunch, traversed north and rejoined the trail to Lake Schmiddel at the junction with the China Flat Trail. Took the trail north for a couple of miles and turned west at the signpost for the Red Peak Stock Trail. The stock trail was very faint (more of a route, really) but was well ducked until it disappeared into the snow.

Climbed several snow fields and steep, loose volcanic talus to the ridge line. Arrived first at the lower southeast summit of 9400, then made the short traverse to the higher northwest summit. In the course of making the traverse, I somehow lost one of my gloves. Re-traced my steps but never found it. Bummer.

Made a long, sloping traverse down the western side of the 9400 ridge until intersecting the still very faint Red Peak Stock Trail. Took the stock trail down to the vicinity of Willow Flat and then headed east on an abandoned trail until intersecting the Rockbound Pass Trail, which I followed back to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob McLaughlin
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