Posted by: runuphill | August 17, 2009

Kessler Peak Clean-Up

view from kessler 300

View from Kessler looking into Cardiff Fork

Well, it’s that time again…. time to give back and do some trail clean-up.  This event will be held on Thursday August 20th, 2009 in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  We’ve had great success with past events because we’ve had very capable volunteers.  This event is certainly no exception and will require folks to be in top shape, ready for some good vertical gain, and also comfortable with some 3rd class exposure (encountered on the summit of Kessler Peak).  The event will start at 6PM, leaving the Spruces campground in BCC and as with previous events, volunteers can proceed at their own pace navigating the loop in a clockwise direction.  It is strongly advised that you arrive at the start at 5:45 PM.  Please notify me (jared [at] door5 [dot] com) if you plan to make it. Details below:

Length : Map shows 8 miles
Difficulty : Harder than you might think!
Vertical Gain : 3,200′
Scenery : Absolutely beautiful!
Special Notes : The descent off of Kessler is a very prominant trail, but it is steep as hell!  So, bring shoes with good tread (Crosslites are perfect!) and wear some sort of glove (like biking gloves) so you don’t tear your hands up when you fall on your butt!  Also, despite the short distance this could easily take the middle-of-the-packer 3 hrs so please bring a headlamp!  Sunset is just after 8:00 and it will be dark by 8:30 PM.  Also, if you have a radio (talk-a-bout) bring it!  I’ll bring several extras and they should work from the Spruces up to the top of Kessler.  Depending on the interest I’ll reserve a site at Spruces so we can have a fun gathering (BBQ!) afterwards.  BYOB and food!


General Map : NOT EXACT!


Elevation Profile : NOT EXACT


  1. super sweet run. my legs are not nearly as sore today as i thought they should be, meaning i probably should have or could have run faster? next time, a brighter headlamp. thanks so much! can’t wait ’til the next outing.

  2. Mining, old house foundations, rocks, steeps, moose, and more. Thanks for a great outing!

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