Ascent of Keg Mountain on 2018-05-26

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 26, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Keg Mountain
    Elevation:7305 ft / 2226 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting here was relatively easy and the roads were mostly great. The last road got a bit challenging (rocks, narrow passes) towards the very end, but parking early and walking a bit more on the road wouldn't be a bad idea.

As for this hike ... well if there's a good way to climb this mountain we didn't find it. There is abundant steep loose scree and other areas where you are tree-dodging with occasional bushwhacking or trying to scramble on bad, sandy rock. On the way down we tried a bit further east and then the wash east of the ridge. It was slightly preferable but still had some pain points. Note: the stats don't include backsliding, which I think may have added over a hundred (painful) feet of elevation re-gain.

If I had to repeat this peak, I would try either the wash to the west of our ascent ridge, or the south fork of the wash we descended to the southeast-south ridge of the mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1205 ft / 367 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1205 ft / 367 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1205 ft / 367 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Southwest ridge
    Start Trailhead:Road-end  6100 ft / 1859 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1205 ft / 367 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Southwest wash
    End Trailhead:Road-end  6100 ft / 1859 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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