Peak 9  
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Route: South Ridge, East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-21, By: supranihilest
Info: South Ridge from Peak 10: quite easy and pleasant after the hellscape that is Peak 10's north slopes. An easy jaunt from the saddle and really nothing steep or particularly loose. East Ridge to Wheeler Trail (or wherever): also quite pleasant. There's actually grass on this! Nice! The east ridge and east slopes are quite wide open and aren't very steep. There's plenty of soft dirt that likes to suck your feet down into itself but otherwise there's very little rock to avoid, almost no terrain that you have to skirt because it's too steep or loose, whatever. The road to the ski resort is painfully obvious and probably makes for a quick descent. I went down the Wheeler Trail to Spruce Lake Trailhead and the trail is faint slightly southeast across the road. If you find yourself going uphill or downhill on the road and you're instead looking for the Wheeler Trail you are in the wrong spot - the Wheeler Trail ascends briefly across an easy ridge and then descends to Crystal Lakes and Crystal Creek. 
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Route: Tenmile Traverse
Posted On: 2019-07-09, By: jfm3
Info: I summitted via the Tenmile Traverse (north ridge ascent, south ridge descent). My route was completely dry. There is one spot just below the summit with a class 3 knob of rock that is directly adjacent to snow. The east face of the peak has a large snowfield and cornice. I saw 3 people with skis on the east side of the peak. Photo is of Peak 9 and Peak 10 from the top of Peak 8. 
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Route: North Ridge from Copper
Posted On: 2019-07-05, By: Chicago Transplant
Info: Started at the Far East lot (Copper) and hiked the Colorado Trail. No significant snow below the Colorado Trail/Wheeler Trail split. The "K" chute avy debris is cleared, the "Y" chute is still full but there is a flagged path through it and its easy to follow without any log scrambling. A few short snow crossings below the split from old avys. Put on gaiters at the split, the Wheeler trail crosses a creek on snow then enters the forest again and has some very deep drifts across the trail that I was postholing through between about 11,250 and 11,500. After maybe 10 minutes battling this section the trail aspect improves and the snow crossings get easy again. 2 short snow crossings above treeline, the trail goes all the way to the 8-9 saddle. Dry ridge from here to the summit, 8 is dry too. One short easy scrambling section on the Peak 9 ridge crest between the false summit and true summit. Could by pass it on snow, but keep in mind that is a cornice if you do so. Overall a pretty dry route except for that one short deeply drifted section of the Wheeler Trail. Descended from the 7-6 saddle and the Colorado Trail had no larger drifts like that. Photo 1: "Y" Chute debris Photo 2: Deep drifts on Wheeler Trail Photo 3: Wheeler trail above treeline Photo 4: Peak 9 overview (from Photo 5: Short scramble Photo 6: Peak 8 overview (from 9) 
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