Ascent of Doubletop Peak on 2018-06-29
|Others in Party:||kari cieszkiewicz|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, June 29, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11720 ft / 3572 m|
Ascent Trip ReportKari and I had had the Gros Ventre Range's elegant highest peak on our to-do lists for quite a few years now, and the time felt right to seek it out this weekend. We made the long drive from Teton Park all the way around to the Kinky Creek trailhead on the east side of the range, near the headwaters of the Gros Ventre River. Faced with a 22 mile round trip hike, albeit with relatively low vertical gain, we debated at the trailhead on Thursday night whether to day-hike with an early morning start or to make it a more casual overnight backpacking trip. In the end we decided to day-hike the peak, and as fast as we were able to hike this proved to be the right call.
From the Kinky Creek trailhead, there are two choices of route to Doubletop's west ridge- Brewster Lake via the Dry Fork, or Clear Lake via Clear Creek. We chose the former and would recommend it to anyone. This well-maintained trail follows gentle grades through highly scenic sage-covered slopes on a plateau above the Dry Fork drainage before descending briefly to the gorgeous Lunch Lake. Another couple of miles will get you to Brewster, where the goal is to head for the saddle to the southwest of Triangle Peak, where the west ridge of Doubletop begins. From there, the climb is quite straightforward- just follow the ridge over the lower of the two tops to gain the true summit. The views are truly spectacular up here, and plenty of time should be allowed to enjoy them. We spent as much time as we could considering the temperature was hovering right around freezing. Still, Doubletop was right up there with some of my favorite summits ever.
As far as road conditions are concerned, I remember hearing a few years back that the Kinky Creek road was impassible; this is definitely no longer the case. While there are a couple of rocky uphill sections, the road is generally in good shape and the last few miles leading to the trailhead have clearly seen improvements in the last few years. Since I haven't seen many definitive answers online up to this point, I'll go ahead and settle the debate once and for all: Even though 22 miles makes for a pretty tiring day, Doubletop is definitely a reasonable daytrip objective from this trailhead. And what a great peak it is! As usual, the Gros Ventres deliver abundant scenery and diverse topography like few other ranges can.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3970 ft / 1210 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||700 ft / 213 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe|
| Gain on way in:||3970 ft / 1210 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3270 ft / 997 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m|
| Loss on way in:||700 ft / 213 m|
| Start Trailhead:||8450 ft / 2575 m|
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