rlown wrote:is there a point to this thread? if you want to get somewhere, you do.
Indeed wondered same. OP must mean cross country passes that have names else it is meaningless as there are myriad passes without well known names.
I would disagree the list above are all "easy", whatever that means. And on some if one does not route find correctly there is considerable opportunity to get into difficulty. Not all the difficulty on crossing a pass is right at the top (North glacier pass), A person with a "bad knee" carrying a weighty backpack is not going to want to have to monkey about in talus period regardless of how easy it might be for an ordinary backpacker.
Instead just go to this page and read information on each pass, take the links to look at the topographic map, and search this site and the web for more info. Then come back here and get specific info.http://sierrabackpacker.com/sierrapasses-new.htm