Saturday, January 11, 2014

Winston Peak

Hiked: 1/10/2014
Distance: 1.2 miles round trip on use trail
Summit Elevation: 7502'
Prominence: 502'
Elevation Gain: 484'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 0.38
Round trip time: 35 minutes
Recommended water: 16 oz.
Parking/Fees: Adventure Pass
Difficulty: Easy

Before tackling Twin Peaks and Waterman Mountain, I wanted to make the short trip up the peak with my surname. Sean and Willie planned to meet me at Buckhorn at 9:45 AM, so I had time to warm up on Winston Peak. According to the Sierra Club write up, Winston Peak and Ridge were named after a Pasadena banker that got lost during a hunting trip and whose frozen body was found on the ridge. My short outing had a better ending.

I parked at Cloudburst summit and started up the clear use trail to the left. There was a fire road running below it. The use trail was in great shape and easy to follow. It passed some huge boulder piles and wound up through the pines and cedars that dominate this part of the forest. Pine needles filled the trail. Very soon, I was at the broad summit. I climbed the main summit block, but could not find a register or benchmark. Trees blocked much of the views, so I continued a little further until I could see Winston Ridge, then headed back down. To get the other summit with my name, Mt. Keith, a 13977' monster in the Sierras would be orders of magnitude more difficult.

Parking at Cloudburst Summit

Start of the use trail

Winston Peak summit blocks

Winston Ridge, lower and in front

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