Well, we’re not sure if Cooper Peak is an official name, but we were told the summit is marked as such on certain old maps of Ashcroft.
Cooper Peak, or Unnamed 13,220 ft. as I read it on some maps, is technically part of nearby Star Peak. But unofficial status aside, it was worth every kicked step up to its airy summit. It’s in a beautiful basin above Lindley Hut and has incredible views from its summit. It’s actually a bit of a “mini-golf” mountain objective, and by that I mean it’s not too long or overly committing. But it has all the ingredients of a good ski mountaineering day– approach, skin, steep cramponing, cool summit, and a steep couloir ski descent. You don’t always need to aim for the giants to have a rewarding day. This was one of our favorite days of the year thus far.