8hr50m for both Inyo and Keynot. I was tired and slow from White and Barcroft the day before and Potato and Glass the day before that and Patterson the day before that. I was able to drive up to the washout at 5100 feet, but it was a little sketchy for the subaru.
First Inyo, then Keynot. Keynot was still holding snow just below the summit. I lost my Garmin 64s in some brush in the vicinity of the summit, so if anyone finds it, you know who to contact!
Climbed via ridge to the right of union wash.
Interesting ascent of Keynot with poor visibility, couple inches of fresh snow, enjoyed the Class 3 section. Tagged Inyo afterward..couldn't see shit there either.
These were the last two of four peaks over a three day period. After the rough ridge line to and from Inyo, the route up Keynot looked almost benign... at least until the "obstacles" near the summit. There is an easier way around them, but I just went over the top. They weren't too bad, but just when I thought I was done, I'd look up and find there was still more to climb! I was pretty beat by the time I got back to the car. Also, I don't recommend hiking these two in July. Even at 11,000' the temperatures were in the upper 70s, and warmer below.
8.5 hour dayhike of Inyo and Keynot with Pat. The views to the snow-covered Sierras were incredible and I could have stared at them all day. We found very dry conditions in the Inyos with only a few very small patches of snow. From the crest, we took a use trail around the left (east) side of Keynot. The trail loses a little elevation at first but then ascends very steeply back to the ridge near the summit. The scree ski back down to Union Wash was epic!
Traversed over from Mount Inyo after ascending Union Wash. Like Inyo, Keynot has an incredible view of the Sierra. Trip report.
Ascended via Union Wash. Beautiful cool day. Felt strong with plenty of water left at summit, so linked up with Mt Inyo.
Day hike from Saline Valley-awesome experience, remote wilderness, one of my favorite mountain ranges
Started before Steve but he beat me to the summit. I went up the south white limestone slot just before Bedspring Springs. It was hoot. Came down the saddle of UW after giving up on a double.
Sounds like I had exactly the same conditions as Rick Kent did five years ago. Made the same route finding mistakes as well. Found the class 1-2 route on the way down--much faster. Intended to bag Inyo as well, but the quads were complaining on the descent and I had a timetable to keep. Glad I didn't bring the dog.
Straight up the ridge from Union Wash trailhead- enjoy these short and steep type routes. Bypassed the class 3 on the ridge just before the summit by traversing the NW slope on a faint use trail. Climbed Inyo next but enjoyed Keynot a little more- maybe I was tired.
Did it from Saline Valley on one of the rough ridges. 10k' gain/loss. Truly wild place on the east side in the Valley.
Combo with Mt. Inyo, 9hr10m outing. Just enough snow to get water from. Didn't find any sketchy cl 3 as described by Matthew. He may have been hallucinating as it can get hot up there. Trip Report
Some astoundingly rotten, sketchy third class along the ridge--not recommended. The west side of the ridge looked even looser and more tedious. The east side had snow. Much better views from Mt. Inyo.
climbed Inyo also
Climbed w/ DPS group led by Dennis Richards and Ron Hudson in a 2 day attempt on Inyo and Keynot (successful on both counts!)