Ascent of Kingston Peak on 2011-10-28
|Date:||Friday, October 28, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7336 ft / 2236 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI approached Kingston Pk from I-15 at the Cima Exit. Zero your odometer and go north on the Excelsior Mine Road. At 12.7 miles take the left fork on a rougher paved road, at 28.7 miles reach Tecopa Pass, at 29.7 reach a roughly repaired creek crossing, and at 30.5 miles reach a big gravel pit area with a large flat area on your left. There is a rough dirt road that goes around the perimeter of the flat gravel area with both ends of the rough dirt road reaching the approach road. I took the west most road and drove to about its middle where an even rougher 4WD road branches north. I followed this 4WD road about 0.5 mile to a small saddle where a weather station is located. I parked here and car camped. The road continues down into the valley to the north, but I decided to hike this next part.
In the morning, I left at first light and hiked down the road. The road turned a little towards the north and then it started to climb. I left the road going to my left and entered the bushwhack at this point. You can avoid most of the bushwhack with proper route finding. I crossed the brush until I could see the wash channel and then followed the wash upstream. My objective was to follow the wash up and then to a small saddle on the ridgeline. When approaching up the wash, it appeared like there were 2 possible saddles to aim for. I chose the small left one and that was the correct way. A GPS waypoint at that point is a good idea. Once I reached the dividing point between the two possible drainages, I crossed the wash and stayed mostly above the wash on the left side to avoid the brush in the bottom of the wash. The higher I climbed the less brush to avoid. After climbing the steep slope to the ridge and the small saddle, I picked up a faint climber's trail that went right around the first rocky outcropping and then reached the next saddle. This openned up to an area that is mostly sage brush and dead burned tree hulks. I aimed for the left side of the ridge ahead and then turned left and followed the ridge. Following the ridgeline is the route to the summit but there are several rocky outcroppings along the way. It is tempting to drop down to the left to avoid brush and more rocky outcroppings, but it is probably easier to stay as close to the top of the ridge as you can. There is some scrambling over boulders, but following the faint climber's trail along the ridgetop is the best route. The final slope up to the summit is Class 3 lower on the slope. At least I found no easy way up this steep rocky section. Good views from the summit. This is a long time consuming climb that took me 8.7 hours.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3826 ft / 1167 m|
| Distance:||9.8 mi / 15.7 km|
| Route:||North Ridge|
| Trailhead:||3510 ft / 1069 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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