Kyes Peak is the highest peak in the compact group of peaks called the Monte Cristo range. Kyes (rhymes with size) is situated east of Columbia Peak, separated 1.3 mile from Columbia Peak by the Columbia Glacier. The glacier drains into Blanca Lake, 1.5 mile to the south of Kyes Peak. There is a long south ridge which is the standard route, often approached from the Blanca Lake Trail. The rock is breccia similar to Columbia Peak.
Kyes Peak is named for James Ellsworth Kyes, a member of the first ascent climbing party, and later as a commanding officer of the USS Leary sacrificed his own life to save a member of his crew when it was sunk by German submarine torpedos on 12/24/1943. A memorial to James Kyes was erected by his Annapolis classmates at the abandoned mining town of Monte Cristo near the peak named for him.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 2, or Climbing Washington's Mountains by Jeff Smoot for information on established climbing routes and variations.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1920|
|First successful climber(s):||Jales Ellsworrth Kyes, Reginald Bachelder|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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