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Best Kings/Kern Divide Pass?

Postby Bluewater » Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:27 pm

Many thanks to the experienced backpackers/hikers/climbers here on HST for sharing their vast knowledge of the Sierra(s).

I am planning on heading over the Kings/Kern Divide this week as part of one last trip of the season and after searching here it seems the consensus is that Ericsson Pass may be the easiest way to cross. Harrison and the Foot Passes all seem to have some more difficult sections, especially the steep loose north side of Harrison and the steep narrow chute at the top of Millys Foot. I've read the post about Little Joes Pass, but I'm a little unsure of the exact location.

I heard from some friends that they went over Ericsson Pass a few weeks ago with no problem, but I haven't been able to find any photos. After taking a fall this summer I'm trying to play it safe(r) so any more info, photos or opinions would be very much appreciated! :paranoid:

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Re: Best Kings/Kern Divide Pass?

Postby maverick » Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:20 pm

Would recommend extreme caution on either of those passes with this weather
system that dropped several inches of snow last week. If snow/ice mix persists
on either pass, Ericsson or Harrison, be prepared to bail.
Day time temps are in the mid 40's and mid 20's at night at that elevation so not
a lot of thawing will occur, it will ice up overnight, staying that way most of
the morning, and longer in the shaded sections (both are northern facing which
will not receive a lot of sun).
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Re: Best Kings/Kern Divide Pass?

Postby Bluewater » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:05 pm

Thanks Maverick. I hadn't considered the effect of the storms last week. It might make more sense to stay on trail for this one.
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Re: Best Kings/Kern Divide Pass?

Postby Mike M. » Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:50 pm

Forester.
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Re: Best Kings/Kern Divide Pass?

Postby afahrland » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:53 am

I ran into a guy this last weekend who said the Wednesday storm had dumped 2 feet of snow on Red Peak Pass. Not quite as far south as you are planning to go, but I'd plan for snow and ice.
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Re: Best Kings/Kern Divide Pass?

Postby thegib » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:16 am

Have to agree w/Maverick on snow/ice danger. I've gone up Ericcson and remember the top being a steep ledge system with lots of dirt/dust. With an inch of snow it'll be a little freaky.
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Re: Best Kings/Kern Divide Pass?

Postby Bluewater » Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:08 am

Thanks for the weather warnings. I received some photos yesterday of snow at about 7,500 feet on the Taboose Pass trail and the locals in Bishop said hikers are turning back due to snow at 10,000 feet on the way to Bishop Pass. I am considering going farther north where the conditions may be better.
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Re: Best Kings/Kern Divide Pass?

Postby hurricaniac » Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:01 am

Colby.

You'll live to tell about it....
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