Kuss Peak
East Ridge
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Mosquito Creek
Start:11,560 feet
Summit:13,548 feet
Total Gain:2,000 feet
RT Length:4.50 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:1/2015
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:14 reports
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Trailhead

On Highway 9, 1 mile south of Alma, turn west onto Mosquito Gulch Road. Drive 6.8 miles to a point where the road turns left and crosses Mosquito Creek before climbing up toward Mosquito Pass. There's parking 0.1 mile after the left turn.

Route

Kuss Peak's east ridge is often used as a start to a longer loop hike, including Mosquito Peak, Treasurevault Mountain and Mt. Tweto, but if you're looking for an easy up-and-down ridge hike with great views, this route alone won't disappoint.

From the 2WD parking area, near 11,560', continue up Mosquito Pass road ( 1 and 2) to reach the North London Mine - 3 and 4. Pass the mine and continue up the rough road ( 5 and 6) to reach the 12,650-foot saddle between London Mountain (left) and Kuss Peak (right) - 7.

Taken from London Mountain, 8 is a good look at the ridge. Turn right, leave the road and start up Kuss' east ridge, without a trail - 9. Between 12,900' and 13,200', ascend the steepest section of the route before heading left toward the upper terrain - 10. If you're traversing to Mosquito Peak after Kuss, you get a good preview of Mosquito on your way up the ridge - 11. Continue to the summit - 12, 13 and 14.

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