Ascent of Kaiser Peak on 2004-08-20

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Mike Brush
Date:Friday, August 20, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Kaiser Peak
    Elevation:10310 ft / 3142 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mike Brush and I followed the Kaiser Loop East Tr, one of three usual approaches to Kaiser Peak. It starts at the D&F Pack Station (7,200'), 1/2 mile on paved road from the Huntington Lake Rd above the Kinnikinnick Campground. The trail climbs steadily but not steeply through the forest of Jeffrey pine and red fir, passing College Rock (9,100') after 3 miles and arriving at a treeline saddle (10,070')on Kaiser Ridge. From here the trail dips to a flat area before climbing more steeply up and past an open ridge and finally to the summit of Kaiser Peak (5.3 miles). A grand view in T-shirt weather. Despite impressive cumulus clouds over the central Sierra crest, major peaks like Banner, Mammoth Mountain, Goddard, Brewer were clearly visible as well as other barren Sierra giants that I couldn't identify. Surprisingly, there was no USGS benchmark to be seen or a register. There was a painted sign with peak name and elevation lying among the rocks on the ground. An uneventful return trip. I highly recommend a visit to Kaiser Peak, HP of the 22,700-acre Kaiser Wilderness.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3110 ft / 947 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.6 mi / 17.1 km
    Route:Kaiser Loop East Tr
    Trailhead:D&F Pack Station  7200 ft / 2194 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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