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Ascent of Little Kachess Peak on 2012-11-10

Climber: Chad Straub

Others in Party:Joel
Maverick(k9)
Date:Saturday, November 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Kachess Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5194 ft / 1583 m

Ascent Trip Report

I don't think I have ever worked so hard to achieve a summit. After visiting the Kachess Beacon we bushwhacked northeast to the trail and finally reached the base of the summit almost 6 hours after leaving the trailhead. There is a prominent little peak between the summit and trail that looks far more impressive (even a bit intimidating for a snowy scramble) from the approach.

Snow appeared on the trail above 4000', and the powder continued to pour down on us throughout the day. Lots of water on the trail, as well as several wet creek crossings after the 3 bridges.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2862 ft / 872 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2862 ft / 872 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Kachess Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Silver Creek Trailhead  2332 ft / 710 m
    Time:2 Hours 42 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Kachess Ridge Traverse (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Little Kachess Peak2012-11-102862 ft / 872 m
2Kachess Ridge2012-11-101081 ft / 329 m
Total Trip Gain: 3943 ft / 1201 m    Total Trip Loss: 3943 ft / 1202 m



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