Ascent of Kawich Peak on 2013-09-13

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Dean Molen -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kawich Peak
    Elevation:9401 ft / 2865 m

Ascent Trip Report

We picked a good time of year to climb Kawich. IT is a bit of a drive back into the Haws Canyon, but we didn't use 4WD. When we reached the big meadow, we noticed it was not muddy, so we drove across it and continued another .75 mile to the Wilderness Study Boundary sign at about 7,300 ft. This last part was kind of brushy and I added to the brush mosaic on the sides of my truck.

The hike required some navigating. First we hiked a little ways up what was left of the road and then followed cow trails up the valley. Our first objective was a saddle at about 8,000 ft off to the left of the drainage we were hiking in. This is a good waypoint to have on your GPS. We hiked up to the saddle and then dropped about 40 ft into another drainage. Here we followed more cow trails up this canyon until we were below a steep gully that leads directly to the summit. This is another waypoint that is good to have on your GPS.

Hiking up this steep gully requires some route finding to avoid most of the brush and some rocky areas. Staying in the bottom of the gully worked most of the time except when it got too brushy. We made good progress all the way up to about 9,000 ft. At 9,000 ft we hit a wall of brush. This is where the bushwhacking began and it mercifully ended about 1.5 hours later when we got to the summit. This brush is mostly Mountain Mahogany. Busting our way through the brush we could see where Andy Martin and others had gone because there were broken branches. Also someone had placed pink surveyor ribbon about every 40 ft. Unfortunately we couldn't see 40 ft through the brush so we broke more branches, crawled under the brush in a couple places, and generally sought the least brushy spots to bushwhack upwards. Wow, I was glad to get to the summit.

Coming down was a little easier, the pink ribbons helped as did my GPS track. This short hike took us 7 1/3 hours to complete. Thankfully it was a cool day and we had a little info from earlier climbers.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2222 ft / 677 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Andy Martin's West Side Route
    Trailhead:7279 ft / 2218 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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