Ascent of Kern Peak on 2015-05-03

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kern Peak
    Elevation:11480 ft / 3499 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kern Peak was one of the nicest ascents of my 2 day, 4 peak 54.4 mile hike in the South Sierra Nevada mountains. I camped near the SE slopes of Templeton Mtn. I was up early, knowing that I had a lot of hiking this day. I found some water flowing in Strawberry Creek on the lower portion, but not further upstream. The Strawberry Creek Trail is in good shape. From the pass, I headed along the nice open, forested ridge, eventually leading to a boulder field. I headed up the least steep section and then along the open, pleasant ridge to the summit. The summit has ruins from a fire lookout. After the obligatory summit photos and snack, I was on my way back down.

Onward to Templeton Mtn! Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2800 ft / 853 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2800 ft / 853 m
    Route:Strawberry Creek to E Ridge
    Start Trailhead:8680 ft / 2645 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: South Sierra '15 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Olancha Peak2015-05-02 a6283 ft / 1915 m
2Cartago Peak2015-05-02 b1480 ft / 451 m
3Kern Peak2015-05-03 a2800 ft / 853 m
4Templeton Mountain2015-05-03 b2280 ft / 695 m
Total Trip Gain: 12843 ft / 3914 m    Total Trip Loss: 1000 ft / 305 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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