Ascent of Koip Peak on 2019-08-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, August 14, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||12962 ft / 3950 m|
Ascent Trip ReportKoip Peak: Class 2 volcanic talus
Started from the Mono/Parker Pass trailhead in Yosemite. Took the trail to Koip Pass. Scrambled straight up the talus to the obvious peak. Easily went around a large snow patch along the ridgeline. Did not find a summit entree. Skies quickly turned black above me at this point. I could see the plane wreckage between Koip and Kuna though. I decided to brave the lightning and quickly view the airplane crash. It is on the saddle between the two mountains, about 50 vertical feet downhill on the northside, a little bit closer to Kuna than Koip. It's hard to miss.
Kuna Peak: Class 2 volcanic Talus (Unsuccessful due to lightning)
Despite being less than 175 vertical feet from Kuna I had to turn around because of the threat of lightning. I would have started a couple of hours earlier if I didn't have to wait for the wilderness station to open up and serve permits and the bus from Toulumne Meadows to the trailhead never came. I should not have even gone past Koip towards the plane crash. Kuna appears to be the exact same talus as Koip. In fact, I'm surprised that Koip isn't considered a subpeak of Kuna.
I returned to Koip Pass, hiked down to Alger Lake, spent the night. The next morning was the first time I saw someone else in about 25 hours. I hiked towards Thousand Island Lake and climbed up North Glacier Pass to Lake Catherine. North Glacier Pass would be a lot easier right now with an ice axe. My route involved a lot of scrambling back and forth between semi-permanent snowfields. On the way back down the pass I noticed a string of talus piles that I was happy to knock over. Found a great camping spot here. Next day I hiked home on the John Muir Trail.
I learned that I truly hate the John Muir Trail. Horses have literally destroyed the Ansel Adams Wilderness. I saw 30+ illegal campsites and only 2 legal ones. It seemed like everybody I saw was on their very first backpacking trip. Next time I will do more peakbagging and less trail hiking in popular areas. I was the only person in line at the Wilderness Station that wasn't trying to climb half dome or Donohue Pass.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3273 ft / 997 m|
| Grade/Class:||class 2|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Gain on way in:||3273 ft / 997 m|
| Route:||Koip Pass|
| Start Trailhead:||Mono/Parker Pass 9689 ft / 2953 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Koip (2 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3278 ft / 1000 m
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