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Bob BurdFrom Chipmunk Flat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2010

Bob Burd

Didn't start hiking until something like 7:30p, and after wandering about the cliffs on the way down, didn't get back until midnight. Great fun. Trip Report
Posted Aug 31, 2010 4:51 pm

AlpinistKennedy Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2008


Climbed round trip from Kennedy Lake on a beautiful sunny day. I followed Night Cap Trail and the standard route going up and descended the south drainage coming down. Both routes are almost entirely sand and scree once you step off trail.
Posted Aug 31, 2008 6:12 pm

AlpinistChipmonk Flat
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2007


Attempted a new route from Chipmonk Flat but did not make the summit. We followed the creek south to its origin east of the summit. I then ascended to the saddle on the SE side. The upper section of this slope is a little hairy with a thin layer of scree over hard rock. It's like hiking on marbles. Once on the saddle, I could not find an easy way to the summit. There are volcanic spires blocking the way. I also could not traverse the peak to the west to the normal route as a very steep scree slope blocked the way. I was too afraid to downclimb the way I came, so I ended up following the gully down to the southwest and hiked out via the Kennedy Lake trail. This was a very long day of hiking mostly rough off-trail terrain, yet I enjoyed exploring this area where probably few have ever been. I don't recommend this route.
Posted Aug 19, 2007 11:16 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: West Ridge (ascent) / South Slopes (descent) Date Climbed: June 26, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Sam and I had bailed from Wheeler Peak earlier in the day after failing to correctly identify the start of the West Arete. I thought Night Cap Peak would be a short afternoon/evening outing on the way back over Sonora Pass to at least get a bit of exercise and perhaps salvage some pride. Started at 4pm and found the old unsigned Night Cap Trail with no problems, but the hike turned out to take a bit longer than I expected, closer to seven hours than the four I'd anticipated beforehand, resulting in a return by headlamp. In fact, I didn't even make it down to the Kennedy Creek trail before dark--good thing the XC here was pretty easy...

The ridge was long with several ups and downs, but with some surprisingly fun scrambling in a couple of places. From the (east) summit, I descended something that was pretty much like a slot canyon for the first 100 feet or so... no more than easy class 3 but bizarre and really cool.

Nice views. I'm still not sure exactly where the peak is--the register on the west summit calls that one "West Peak," but the point labeled "Night Cap Peak" on the 7.5' doesn't have a register. I couldn't tell for sure which was higher.
Posted Jul 20, 2005 11:58 am

fedakRoute Climbed: Ridge scramble from the Nightcap trail apex Date Climbed: May 15 2005  Sucess!


Volcanic scree scramble typical of the emigrant wilderness. Nice warm spring day with a fair amount of snow still covering the Kennedy Meadows area.

I personally think that the views from Nightcap are far superior than the views from (the much more frequently visited) Leavitt Peak slightly to the north.

Pics, GPS tracks, and trip report are here
Posted Feb 16, 2005 2:21 am

SgtSargeRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: June 1997  Sucess!


Climbed this little known peak early in the season. Lots of snow on the North Face. Broke out the crampons and ice axe and climbed the exposed face. Hiking on the southern side in less exposed and lacks snow for an easier climb.
Posted Jan 19, 2005 2:53 pm

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