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Ascent of King Peak on 2018-05-21

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:King Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4088 ft / 1246 m

Ascent Trip Report

Didn't know this when I made my plans, but this makes a nice combo with Rainbow Ridge. Thankfully I had the Benchmark California Atlas with me and noticed the connection. If you can drive up to Lightning TH, you can drive here from Rainbow Ridge by continuing SW on Mattole Rd (paved but lots of potholes) to Honeydew, then south on Wilder Ridge Rd (well-paved) to King Pk Rd. Not sure but I think the roads were signed. You may want to have good maps. Very curvy most of the way, but have to think I saved time from going back down Mattole Rd to US-101, then down to Redway and out to King Pk.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2019 ft / 614 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2019 ft / 615 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:few SC below, sct ci; viz 60mi; breezy; cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1919 ft / 584 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1859 ft / 567 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Lightning Tr, CCW loop
    Start Trailhead:Lightning TH  2229 ft / 679 m
    Time:1 Hours 22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1959 ft / 597 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1859 ft / 567 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    End Trailhead:Lightning TH  2229 ft / 679 m
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes



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