Ascent of Crag Peak on 2019-06-08

Climber: William Chen

Date:Saturday, June 8, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crag Peak
    Elevation:9480 ft / 2889 m

Ascent Trip Report

Total time: 11h 18m

The first part of this hike is following the PCT out of Kennedy Meadows. You go over a bridge crossing the South Fork of the Kern River, and go off trail at Clover Meadows.

The bulk of this hike is spent going up a steep cross-country slope. As of 2019, this terrain is mostly open forest, much of it destroyed by fire. Much of the hike is shadeless. There is no climbing until you are almost at the top. The easiest way to get to the summit is to climb a steep class 2 and 3 gully. The bottom 10 ft of this gully has some rockfall risk (on descent) and there are two very short chimneys to climb. Following the path of least resistance will lead to you to the summit ridge and the oft-mentioned knife’s edge (arrete).

The knife’s edge can be traversed easily via a crack on its shallow side, which I’d say is a high class 2 move, as opposed to having to sit on top of the arrete (something undoubtedly quite scary sans rope); however, that may not be an option for shorter folks, since the crack ends before the arrete (thus requiring a short reach with your legs should you use the crack).

The immediate exposure on the main class 3 route is never more than about 7ft, however if you miss the immediate ledge below, a fall along the route could have you falling 15 ft or so in spots. The steep side of the knife’s edge obviously has much more exposure.

The summit has nice views of the Kern drainage (Olancha, Kern Peak, Langley, Whitney, etc) and the Great Western Divide.
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