Ascent of Kearsarge Peak on 2017-09-27
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, September 27, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||12615 ft / 3845 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter picking up my Whitney permit for the next day, I drove up to Onion Valley to tackle Kearsarge Peak. I started from the old mining road about a mile short of the campground. A steep sand/scree slog up the initial face gave way to a bushwhack as I tried to follow the trail, which was sparsely cairned. Once the summit area was in sight, I ascended up the ridge, after which I realized the high point was still a few thousand feet to the west. I sidehilled across talus and boulders and summited after 3h15m. Not wanting to bushwhack again, I descended and headed for Lilley Pass. The chute was a fun sand slide down to the boulders above the Golden Trout Lakes. I got onto the trail, but I found it to be nearly impossible to follow; several times it led me to the wrong side of the creek, and it cliffed me out a few others. I reached the Kearsarge Pass trailhead and walked down to the road to my car. Door to door was 5h35m.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3781 ft / 1152 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||3781 ft / 1152 m|
| Distance:||11.5 mi / 18.4 km|
| Route:||SE ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Mining road 8834 ft / 2692 m|
| Route:||Lilley Pass|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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