Ascent of Ken Point on 1992-05-24

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, May 24, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ken Point
    Elevation:6423 ft / 1957 m

Ascent Trip Report

The name of this peak does not appear on the topo map. Name informally given by the Hundred Peaks Section based on the benchmark named "Ken". The name probably came from the nearby town of Kenworthy and the mine of the same name. The town was financed by a wealthy Englishman, Harold Kenworthy, around 1897. Kenworthy lost many thousands in the fraudulent venture. The story is told in detail in "The San Jacintos" by John W. Robinson and Bruce D. Risher, 1993. See pages 78 -83.

In the San Bernardino National Forest. No permits needed to enter the area. The nearest Forest Service office is in Idyllwild. The address is: San Jacinto Ranger District, PO Box 518, 54270 Pinecrest, Idyllwild, CA 92349. Phone: (909) 659-2117

The usual benchmark triangle does not appear on the 7.5 min. topo map. The benchmark "Ken" is shown on the older 15 min. Idyllwild topo map of 1959. The elevation of the summit on this map is shown as 6464 ft. and was changed to 6423 ft. on the latest 7.5 min. map. A good hiking route to the peak is via the Pacific Crest Trail which runs by this peak about one mile to the west. Start from where the PCT crosses highway 74 about 0.9 mile east of the junction of highways 371 and 74. There is a parking area and sign marking the trail on the north side of the highway. From here follow the PCT north for about 5.5 miles to where an unmarked trail (7S13 on National Forest map) intersects the trail on the right. UTM at this point is: 540480E, 3720160N (NAD27). Take this trail SE for about one mile and then scramble up a ridge for a short distance to the top. Round-trip hiking distance is 13 miles with an elevation gain of 1500 ft. The hike takes about 3 hours to the summit and 2 1/2 hours to return. This peak was added to the HPS list in 1992. The PCT through this area is described in the book "The Pacific Crest Trail", Vol. 1, 4th ed., by Schaffer, Schifrin, Winnett, and Jenkins. See page 77. 6/95 RLC
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