Crag Peak Climb: Chasing Rain

Crag Peak

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday tomorrow…
“Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
~Dr. Seuss

Bad weather forecast? Yes. Rain? Yes. Snow…hopefully.

With optimistic attitudes, we headed into the Southern Sierras to climb Crag Peak.

Normally this peak would not be accessible in winter, but with extremely low snow levels currently in California this climb was possible.

The drive into the Sierras showcased exquisite lighting, clouds, and rainbows. Before starting the hike, we were able to pick up winter equipment on the way for Pepper and Trauma.

Crag Peak is just north of Kennedy Meadows, west of the Pacific Crest Trail. The route starts at the north end of the Kennedy Meadows Campground, then heads north on the PCT about 4.2 miles, leaving the PCT heading west through Clover Meadow and cross-country to the summit.

The cross-country route took longer than expected due to bushwhacking, mud, rain, and navigation. On a clear day the summit would most likely be visible during the climb making navigation easier. We reached the top thankful and tired.

I am told that the top has amazing views of Olancha Peak, Mt. Langley, Kern Peak, and lovely meadows below!

Because of wet, windy, cold, and slippery weather conditions, we climbed the official Crag Peak and did not climb the highest point 1/4 mile north. This point requires a shimmy across a rock knife-edge and a bit of Class 3 climbing.

The clothing and rain systems we used on Scotland’s Great Outdoor Challenge worked perfectly for the day’s wet conditions. We even popped out the umbrellas in brush free areas.

We arrived back at the trail head at dark, feeling tired but very happy about our day.

Trip Date: February 7, 2015
Distance: 14.7 miles, out and back
Elevation gain: 4158′
Summit Elevation: 9,480′
Season: Spring, summer, and fall
Difficulty: Strenuous with trail, route finding, bushwhacking and cross-country travel, Class 1 and 2
Trail Head: North side of Kennedy Meadows Campground
Extra Information: Crag Peak is on the Sierra Peaks Section list

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  1. Stunning pictures!

  2. barrie ridgway

    that first photo of yours is a prize-winner. Incredibly atmospheric and mysterious, the softness of the scene is magical.

    • Thanks Barrie. I teach photography to 8th grade students. One of the tips I share with them: “Some of my best photos have been in the worst weather when I was most miserable, cold, hot, or scared.” You have confirmed that.

  3. Lovely! How fun to see the Kern River in Feb!

    • It was super low. I have been swimming in that river many a time. Right now I don’t think I could find a spot to completely submerge! Safe travels on your now southbound trek of the Arizona Trail!!!! Can’t wait to see your posts.

  4. Wow, you gotta want it bad! Very cool doing nearly 15 miles in those conditions. Glad you had fun and are safe. And the Dr. Suess quote is excellent.

    • It was a very long day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was bone tired at the end. At the trailhead in the dark we peeled our wet clothes off, replaced them with dry ones, turned the heater on to 80 degrees, and never changed the temp the whole 2 hour drive home.

      I love Dr. Seuss. My favorite Dr. Seuss book to read to students is “Oh the Places You’ll Go”.

  5. I like the layout of your photos and slide show. Is this something special with your template? Tips? BTW, fun you had another encounter with the boys and most of all celebrated Dr. Seuss!

    • Thank you for noticing. I have done a bit of customization recently on the site and am pretty happy with the results.

      Right now you are heading on a plane for Arizona to start your new adventure. All what I would tell you would not make sense until you are at your computer. I am not sure what your set up is on WordPress, but when you get back I would be glad to see if I can help. I did use a bit of CSS code in customization.

      Can’t wait to experience your trip through your blog. Yaaaaaaaay.

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