Ascent of Keynot Peak on 2020-02-16

Climber: Powen Ru

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 16, 2020
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Keynot Peak
    Elevation:9240 ft / 2816 m

Ascent Trip Report

My off-line road map (MAPS.ME) does not mark most of the 4WD roads. The off-line Peakbagger topo maps only cover certain range around the peak. So I just chose the most likely direction toward Union Wash starting point (5200 ft). Owenyo Lone Pine Rd is actual in good shape. The old pavement is still visible. But it is not easy to spot the junctions off the road in early morning. I eventually went a little bit toward NW before following Mclver Canal Road (see Google Satellite) to connect to the intended 4WD. The 4WD led me an open area (4800 ft. Southern Inyo Wilderness Study Area as in Global Topo), still 400 ft below the intended starting point. I drove back to look for the other 4WD and failed to locate it. Then I decided to walk there (about 0.4 mile, +400 ft).
The wash look flat but not easy to travel. Eventually, I reached the base (6200 ft) of the use trail. It is obvious but very steep and sliding. The ridge (above 7600 ft) is just as bad. Once I reached the base of the gully (9200 ft), saw the use trail heavily covered by snow, I started to think about turnaround. Per my slow pace, I need about 3h to summit, then another 1.5h to just get back here. The use trail is not good for dark travel.
With no hope to bag this one, I just want to see how much time I need to reach my car. I expected to use two hours to finish, but unfortunately followed the ridge for too long until I saw some crags (7440 ft). I needed some class 2 moves to descend the steepest section (7400 to 7000), then traversed back to the ridge. At 6400 ft, I just slid with rocks to reach down the wash. Eventually, the track shows 2.7 miles, but requiring 3.5h due to class 2 moves and route finding.
As I am only available for such a long trip during President Weekend, it may be hard to wait for another good weather like this. Next time I will plan easy travel on Saturday so that I can comfortably reach the intended starting point. I have to start no later than 5am.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4543 ft / 1383 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4543 ft / 1384 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4540 ft / 1383 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4440 ft / 1353 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Use trail
    Start Trailhead:Union Wash Confluence  4800 ft / 1463 m
    Time:6 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4443 ft / 1354 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4440 ft / 1353 m; Extra: 3 ft / 0m
    Gain on way out:3 ft / 0 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Use trail, then ridge
    End Trailhead:Union Wash Confluence  4800 ft / 1463 m
    Time:3 Hours 28 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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