SOTA Summit: W6/SS-340, Peak 8060
Trail: Lightly used trail and a cross county climb.
Hike: Moderate – 7.2 miles round trip.
Elevation gain: 2160 feet
Self Spot: N0 (RBNhole – CW)
2-meter FM: No
Files: via link
Peak 8060 is a rarely visited summit near the Kennedy Meadows campground. It had yet to be activated for SOTA so we thought we’d give it a shot.
While on an annual Boy Scout fishing trip to Kennedy Meadows my son and I took the morning to activate W6/SS-340, Peak 8060. Access is via the Wildrose trailhead about a mile before the Kennedy Meadows campground. I will warn you that the Wildrose Trail is not used much so you’ll need to pay attention when hiking back there. It is easy to loose the faint trail so take the time to get your bearings and an idea of where you are headed. We had completed the Wildrose loop a few years ago and were familiar with where we were going.
The best source for information I found was Bob Burd’s write up on the peak. See his site for maps and GPX file if needed. I have found his write ups extremely helpful, especially for peaks such as this one which have few if any other trip reports available. Peak 8060ft – Bob Burd’s Trip Report
Overall you’ll end up hiking back about 3 miles on the faint trail until you reach a direct approach to Peak 8060. Then it is a sharp turn to the Northwest and a steep and strenuous climb up the side of the peak. There is no trail, you’ll just need to use your best judgment on how to navigate the 600’+ climb. The top of 8060′ has some nice open flat areas but make sure to proceed all the way back to the Northwest corner, that is where the actual peak is.
My son and I like to “tag the top” and find the register. On 8060′ that takes a final class 3 climb up about 45 feet of rock. (See the photos below.) Once on top you are rewarded with a tremendous view. Make sure to find the register buried under a small pile of rock. You can’t miss it if you make the actual summit. My son and I were were only the 6th and 7th folks to have signed the register since MacLeod & Agnos placed the register there 35 years ago.
Due to the steep final summit you’ll find the activation zone a bit smaller than you expect. We set up close on the side of the summit rocks and completed our activation. There is not much hope for 2-meter contacts and no cell phone access for self spotting. I used CW and was spotted via the RBNhole. The only 2-meter contact I made was with my son when he hiked down out of the activation zone.
I get a real kick out of doing these remote and rarely completed peaks. Thank you to all the chasers who helped to make this a successful activation.