Ascent of Kaiser Peak on 2018-03-31

Climber: Powen Ru

Others in Party:Yaomin
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kaiser Peak
    Elevation:10310 ft / 3142 m

Ascent Trip Report

We walked from Huntington Lake Sno-Park to the summer parking at the end of Upper Deer Creek, but did not find the trailhead at DSF Pack station. Then we followed the east bank of Upper Deer Creek to reach Kaiser Loop trail, fully snow covered, but follow-able up to Deer Creek. Whenever we lost the trail, we aimed to College Rock to meet the leveled trail. We used an ice axe to climb the rock. We found no trace of the trail after College Rock, just followed Bear Creek to reach a saddle west to 10079, then the saddle between 10156 and 10079. The true summit was still not in view until we reached the false summit 10200.
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The true summit of Kaiser Peak, 7 minutes to go (2018-03-31). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4150 ft / 1264 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4150 ft / 1264 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.7 mi / 20.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3790 ft / 1155 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3350 ft / 1021 m; Extra: 440 ft / 134m
    Loss on way in:440 ft / 134 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.4 km
    Route:Kaiser Loop
    Start Trailhead:Huntington Lake Sno Park  6960 ft / 2121 m
    Time:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3710 ft / 1130 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3350 ft / 1021 m; Extra: 360 ft / 109m
    Gain on way out:360 ft / 109 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route:Kaiser Loop
    End Trailhead:Huntington Lake Sno Park  6960 ft / 2121 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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