08/19/06 Great Hike
One of my favorite hikes in the Wasatch. Great forest up high. No pointless switchbacks. A straight forward trail the way it should be like European trails. Took North Route. Summit Ridge looks like it would be a good scramble.
Climbed it with my dad, brother, grandfather and mother via the north route.
Climbed it with my dad, little sister, grandfather and mother via the north route.
Needs some brushing first half mile, of course it rained the night before so I was quite wet. Map and pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/big_cottonwood_canyon/kessler_peak/wasatch_335.htm
Very enjoyable steep hike.
Nice run. Up the North and down the other side.
Skinned up the slide path on the north side of the mountain known as Argenta. Gained the ridge then followed it east to the peak. From the peak followed the ridge north to the shoot that goes through the cliff bands, skied that. Skinned back up to the ridge and skied back to the road. It took less than 2 hours to summit compared to last year (when we were putting in the skin track) it took 3 hours 20 minutes to reach the ridge.
Hiked with a good friend of mine. Near the peak and off the trail stepped on a nest of bugs that stung my face; made it to the top with a migraine. Almost didn't want to continue, but realized how stupid that would have been once I made it. My friend definitely made everything better though. Two thumbs up, I'd do it again :)
5 different route to date, a dozen climbs or so.
Ascended the North Ridge and tried the North-east ridge variation, VERY exposed at parts, definetely a short section of upper class 4, possibly 5.2 or so. Maybe I was just nervous as the sky started grumbling at this point and I did not want to be stuck on this ridge in rain and lightning, fortunately we made it over and dashed to the summit before it started pouring, by this oint we were tucked into the cave below the summit and did some exploring, turns out it goes through the mtn to the other side. The cave below goes about as far before dead ending, fun stuff though.
well jeez.. after getting in a car wreck on the way to the mtn, it sure was relaxing to enjoy this hike. really short, started at 3:30 and ended by 8:30, enjoyed the scenery. 2L water per person suggested
One of the deepest days I've ever rode!
Great peak with amazing views, and excellent skiing. We skinned up Argenta to the west ridge and followed that to the summit - no bootpacking required, though the trail-breaking on the ridge was a tough workout switchbacking and sidestepping in what was alternately wind crust, drifts, and facets. Our descent was the classic traverse to the north then down several of the chutes back into Argenta in April powder (and some crust). Nice and steep in places, and one of my sluffs knocked me on my butt once.
Update, March 2012: skied Argenta from the summit again, this time in thigh-deep but stable blue bird cold smoke. There was giddiness.
Very steep, but enjoyed the solitude, lush greenery, and amazing views at the top.
Solitude, unique views, steep, a few really big trees, interesting old cabin ruins and mines. Great place!
Stayed at my buddies cabin and partied the night before, spur of the moment the next morning we just decided to climb it. ent and bushwaked a bit then hit some really steep forest untill we finally came across the trail as it went across the obvious slide path on the north side. Cool mines and cabins near the top, much easier coming down.
+ one time hitting Argenta and another side Coulior
+ North East Ridge, little sketchy
The upper cave actually goes THROUGH the mountain.....way cool to climb through the skinny parts.
Beautifully steep! The trail that splits off from Carbonate pass looks like a runoff trail. Also if you are an early hiker plan on walking an extra mile because there is a locked gate that doesn't open until seven a.m.
5-15-07 - My third time at the summit of this mostly steep hike. This time of year means the gate to the Cardiff Road is closed, so add an additional 2 miles to the r/t total. Also, the trail on the north and the west slopes is impossible to follow because of lingering snow. Still, the hike is enjoyable and the views from the summit are incredible. It took Lana, Christine and me three hous to the top from the BCC road, not bad considering the mushy snow at least half the time. Weather was fabulous. 8-21-07 My 4th time at the top, this time w/ Kim and Lana. North route up, Carbonate route down. From the summit to Carbonate Pass, be sure to drop down on the west side of the ridge. 7-3-08 Ascent #5, with L. and Anne, from Jordan Pines picnic area r/t 3+55. Be advised that the gate at Jordan Pines doesn't open until 7 a.m. Elevation at Jordan Pines is 6982'. #6 7-10-10 Solo. 1+09 from Cardiff Fork road trail split to top. #7 8-14-12 Solo. Hazy smoke-filled skies diminished the usually spectacular panoramic summit views, but it was still nice. The dang trail is still frustratingly steep (north route) nearly all the way. Slow from fatigue carryover: 1+54 up (measured from TH parking lot). #8 9-11-14 W/ John Lewis. 2+00 up from main TH. Wild mink patrolling the TH parking area when we came back. #9 9-1-15 Montreal Hill route w/ ZeeJay & Brent.
Perfect day in the Wasatch. Not very hot on top and excellent views