Climbed this with Crystal and Peak 10 from the Crystal Lake drainage. Nice loop hike.
Long climb on a good trail, great views of Copper Ski Area
I started the morning by climbing Father Dyers Class 3 Northeast Ridge. From there I traversed over Crystal and Peak 10 before climbing Peak 9's South Ridge. I returned to the Spruce Creek TH via the Wheeler Trail.
It made for an exciting tour of the area.
After summiting Peak 10 by it's East Ridge route, rather than descending by the road to the large meadow between the peaks, I scrambled down 10' North ridge until I found the prominant snowfield along the Northeast Face (conditions of this are visible from Breckenridge). A steep glissade and I dropped 500 feet, before reaching the boulders at the snowfield's base. Then I traversed back toward the sadlle and easily ascended Peak 9. The descent was to the Southeast, intersecting the excellent Wheeler Trail. It would be easy to continue north from Peak 9 to Peak 8 for those desiring amother summit.
Climbed and skied this great peak several times. It's a really nice, mellow ski. Access via the ski resort is great.
Trip Report: Summer Ski of Peak 9