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Ascent of Koip Peak on 2016-10-01

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Saturday, October 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Koip Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12962 ft / 3950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Late season trip up for the Koip/Kuna duo, with Parker thrown in since its right there. I took the standard route, following the trail from Mono Pass. Along the way I was scouting for a future trip to Mt Lewis, which looks pretty easy from the Parker Pass but more impressive as you continue on your way up the many switchbacks along the side of Parker Peak. For a future ascent of Lewis I will take the trail to near Parker pass and then ascent cross country, that seemed to be the best route.

Anyway, for this hike, after the many switchbacks you reach Koip Peak pass, from where it is basic class 2 scrambling to the summit of Koip. So almost the entire hike to Koip is on trail, just the last 700 feet are off trail. I did not find a register on the summit. The traverse to Kuna from Koip is easy to see and execute, I was aware of the plane crash but didn't see anything as I made my way to the saddle between the peaks and then up to Kuna. Again, more class 2 rocks to the summit, nothing too difficult. Found the register on Kuna and signed in, then spotted the plane wreckage glistening in the sun. Went down to the wreckage, took lots of pictures, there was much more debris than I expected. Some of it is in great condition given it has been there for 70 years, serial numbers and instructions (e.g. push lever for bomb release) were easily readable on part of the wreckage.

I spent a half hour at the wreck site, then went back up and over Koip Peak, then back to the Koip Peak Pass. From there I went up more class 2 (much smaller boulders on this side) to get Parker Peak, the summit is further away than it looks from the pass, I was getting tired by the time I finally got there and signed the register. Descent was simple, back to the Pass, and then the long trail back to the car. About 21.5 miles, on the day. My GPS showed over 6,000 feet of gain, but that seems high. See track attached to Koip Peak TR.
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Ascent Statistics
    Distance:21.5 mi / 34.7 km
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GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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