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Ascent of Kingston Peak on 2012-03-25

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
Collin Kamholz
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kingston Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7336 ft / 2236 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kingston Peak is one of the most challenging peaks I've ever done. The bushwhacking takes brutal to a new level, and the terrain is very challenging on top of that. There are few places where one can follow a use trail, but they don't last long. And more common are stray cairns where one finds a solitary cairn but can't find another or a trace of a trail.

On the north-south ridge south of the low pass at 2020m, you will want to keep to the east side of the ridge (but still close to the top). For the last saddle before the peak (2150m), you will want to keep to north side. After the last saddle there is a relatively clear class 1-2 route that goes straight up the ridge until hitting steep rock, the heading left and following a horizontal break around to the south side and up. There were more cairns than usual on this section, but not until one gets a way south of the ridge.

The whole trip is possible to do keeping to class 1-2, but if the optimal route is not chosen, one can easily find oneself on class 3-4 rock.

Note: Please do not use the attached GPS track as the route up (west) was very indirect and neither route was fun.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1496 ft / 455 m
    Elevation Loss:3691 ft / 1124 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1004 ft / 306 m
    Extra Loss:719 ft / 219 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Trailhead:Peak 2149  7051 ft / 2149 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2972 ft / 905 m
    Extra Gain:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Trailhead:Road @ 1480m  4856 ft / 1480 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2012 Kingston Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Peak 21492012-03-25
2Kingston Peak2012-03-25
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO resposibility or liability from use of this data.

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