Chased down the mountain by a hail storm...at 9:30 AM! Great views, didn't have the luxury of time to look for the old wreckage.
Start from Mono Pass TH
Climbed along with Koip, Parker, and Wood.
Made the ascent from Koip on a dayhike out of Mono Pass TH. I wasn't sure I made it to the high point yet (no register), and was traversing along the Kuna Crest when I was rebuffed by the gaping chasm in the ridgeline shortly west of the summit. I later found out in was only class 3, but didn't think to really start climbing it to find out. No matter, I (later found out) made it to the high point anyway.
Lots of shattered rock. Interesting plane wreckage
Long dayhike from Walker Lake to bag Koip, Kuna, Parker, Wood, and Lewis. Could not find the summit register for Kuna,, hopefully it is just hidden on the summit instead of falling victim to whoever is stealing sierra summit registers. Great weather and awesome views.
I went back mostly to tag Parker Peak and Mt. Wood. Then climbed Koip, traversed over to Kuna, then got stormed off as I was traversing north to Mammoth Peak. Trip Report
Fairly easy talus walk up and over Koip Peak. Windy as hell lower down, at the summit almost calm, although I could hear the wind blasting up the S face. Summit register currently under the vertically arranged rocks that form the high point.
A worthwhile sidetrip from Koip. The airplane wreckage in the saddle was fascinating. There is a summit register stuffed in a small padded glass jar and wedged in the rocks. Apparently the register is difficult to find, it only contained a dozen or so entries in the last 3 years.
The traverse from Koip is pretty fun, takes about 20 minutes. There are fascinating artifacts on the Koip/Kuna saddle if you make it there. Solo
I got kind of lost one time and ended up climbing quite a way up the nasty west talus slopes of Kuna Peak, probably to the 11500-12000' range...with an overfull pack. Didn't go to the summit, though.
After climbing Koip Peak, I had to climb the higher Kuna Peak to the west. Hard to tell where the high point is though, and no summit register. Trip report
This was after the first light snow of the season, and no one was in sight for the entire two days we were there. Views of Lyell and Ritter groups were magnificent; unlike in southern Sierra where high peaks are massed together, here the broad intervening spaces lend a feeling of vastness and regal presence to the high ranges.
We ascended from Helen Lake on the west side of Kuna Peak, first overcoming about 2000 feet of steep talus made of sharp metamorphic rocks. On top of the NW ridge of Kuna the thin rock flakes all stick up like a field of knives. The steep 100 foot cleft on the west side of summit plateau was the crux, especially with some snow cover. My partner Vladimir Ulyashin made it to the summit.