Ascent of Mount Kit Carson on 2017-08-31
|Date:||Thursday, August 31, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Mount Kit Carson|
| Elevation:||5282 ft / 1609 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWhat a fun hike: bagged three summits at Mount Spokane State Park in about five hours on a gorgeous late-summer day, with hardly anyone else around!
I arrived at the Lower Kit Carson Loop trailhead at about 10:30 to find only one other car in the lot. Making my way across the street and into the forest, I was a little confused about which way I need to go to get to my destinations since there are several trails (all numbered, rather than named). Fortunately there are several maps posted at junctions throughout the trail network, so I never did get too turned around.
Heading uphill on the 110 trail to Saddle Junction, I knocked out most of the elevation for this trip in the first hour. At Saddle Junction (the intersection of several trails and Kit Carson Loop Road), I encountered the only other humans I was to see the entire day: one cyclist heading uphill, followed by three more cyclists on their way down. I made a left turn at the well signed "Mt. Kit Carson" trail (#160), and followed it to the summit. From there, I kept on towards Day Mountain for my second summit and another great view. Rather than backtrack towards Kit Carson, I followed the #130 towards Saddle Junction again. This time, I headed up the #140 trail towards the summit of Beauty Mountain and the CCC cabin. I had thought about hiking up to the top of Mount Spokane as well, but by this point it was getting pretty warm out and I wasn't feeling up to the additional mileage and elevation (I did wind up driving to the top once I got back to my car though).
All together, I tracked about 10.5 miles and 2300 ft of elevation gain in a little under five hours with only birds and squirrels for company on the trail. What a great day :-)
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Rusty Sherman
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