Kingpin Peak GR:842923

elevation: 2,782 m. height gain: 1,235 m. (includes height loss)
area: Golden,BC map 82 N/6

Park at the Gorman Lake trailhead, 892877 and follow a well-defined trail to Gorman Lake, described in Golden Hikes. Hike around the lake, the south shore is quickest and continue into the draw veering climber's right to gain the col, 853884. Traverse/ contour heading in a north-west direction towards an alpine lake, 832915. The south-west scree slopes easily lead to the summit, 842923.
top of zombie

Kingpin Peak behind Fab, from Zombie Peak.
Scramble: Very nice weather in the forecast compelled us to go camping in the mountains. We noticed on a previous outing that the peak north of Lang Creek appeared to be an easy scramble. We set off with the intention of camping along the traverse where a stream comes down from the western mountainside, 841902. Indeed, it was a fine spot. The following morning we ascended Kingpin with no difficulty and enjoyed the view for quite a while before returning to our vehicle. A marmot had taken shelter under the hood of the van. We heard it while stowing our stuff. Fab tried to get it out with a stick but he burrowed deeper into the wires and such. We had to wait; we played loud music hoping he would get scared. After about half an hour, he decided to casually make his way onto a rock next to us. He stared at us for a bit before disappearing in the boulders.
around gorman lake

Hiking around Gorman Lake.

grassy slopes

Beyond the lake, we veered towards the grassy slopes.

col to lang drainage

The col leading into Lang Drainage.

kingpin peak

At the col with Kingpin Peak on the right.

approach from the top

After reaching the col, the long traverse begins.

nice view

At the summit looking north-west.

top of kingpin

The summit of Kingpin Peak.

marmot in wires

Marmot under the hood!


He's staring us down...
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