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MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby Pichungo » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:12 pm

Hello folks, I was wondering if anyone has pictures of McCabe Pass approaching from Secret lake within the 20 Lakes Basin. I have read several strings indicating there are several approaches to reaching the ridge and that if you are not on point it could be a terrible ascent and descent. Would really appreciate any guidance and pictures to make sure I hit the pass right above Secret Lake.

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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby maverick » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:01 pm

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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby markskor » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:26 pm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28426883@N ... otostream/
This photo is great - shows the east side route looking north.
As stated above, from below, it looks like an easier (and much lower) crossing, going up south above Secret Lake... but NO!... it drops off/ cliffs out that way…
Cross at the most northern part of the crest.
At lake level, far right picture, follow the lower white line left (1/2 way up crest), traverse back right – all the way to the second white line above - left again, but again traverse back right - aiming to hit the top as far right (as far north as possible). At the top continue up – still a little north west to the gap – look for the beat-up Yosemite boundary sign. Use trail from there heads over and down to McCabes.
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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:32 pm

I have a couple photos that show the West side. This one is probably the most direct.

To avoid people lagging out on the huge images I put a link to the full size below so you can really see the detail closer up.

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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby markskor » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:33 pm

Another great photo - good job Rogue!

Notice the far right cliffs (in shadow)...this is what you are trying to avoid.
Route comes down vertical, just left of (touching) the above-mentioned shadows...small vertical snow patch - a small steep slot canyon (use trail) leading back over to Secret Lake.
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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby oldranger » Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:59 pm

The two e side pics are not the route! Go to the se corner of Secret lake (to the left, outside of the pic) then straight w. Look for the ducks (one of two useful sets I have found in the Sierra) and follow them zigzagging up to the ridge then turn right and you will find a user trail leading to old sign mentioned by Mark. This route is really easy and until the gulley no hands required. There is no exposure in the gulley but a couple on 3' drops that I use my hands on.

Do not take the easy looking slope to the sw from secret lake. It will lead to the top but way too far s and a truly nasty route down to Macabe.

The gulley on the w side that Mark described is the one just touching the shadow not the one further n with the large streak of snow.

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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby Pichungo » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:15 pm

Many thanks to all the posts! You guys are awesome. I look forward to making the trip over the pass this summer with my 13 year old boy to go do some fishing. I have learned so much on this forum.


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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby oldranger » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:09 pm

More pics of route (click on pics to see larger version):
Ridge to McCabe.jpg
Ridge to McCabe from below Secret Lake

You can clearly see the easy slope at the base of what appears to be impassable headwall. Secret lake is below left most patch of snow.
2 Start of route from Secret.jpg
Beginning of route thru headwall at SW end of Secret Lake
3 Piece of Cake.jpg
1/2 way up headwall, piece of cake
4Working our way n toward sign.jpg
Top of ridge/headwall working our way n. toward sign
The Sign.jpg
The Sign 2006
sign 2013.jpg
Sign 2013
5 Looking down gulley on way out.jpg
Looking down gulley on the way out


Also, purely my preference is to take road all the way to n end of steelhead lake. rather than going past Cascade lake. It is a little longer distance but easier travel.

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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby Pichungo » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:34 pm

What a wealth of information. Many thanks for all your help. Btw, I just posted a recent list of lakes planted within and around the 20 lakes basin. I posted it in the sensitive section.

Did I read your Cutty golden trip report correctly, your worked for the USFS? I worked for DFG three summers doing backcountry lake surveys before the frog situation got intense. Collected a lot of data and took extensive notes. Too many lakes and not enough time to hit them all.

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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby nickrp » Fri May 16, 2014 8:24 am

Great info! I plan on doing this hike from Saddlebag in early june. Anyone happen to have the 'correct' route on a topo?
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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby oldranger » Fri May 16, 2014 8:41 am

Topo route really won't help. this is micro navigating and the key is hooking up with the correct ducks I described before.

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Re: MCCabe Lake Pass from 20 Lakes Basin

Postby nickrp » Fri May 16, 2014 11:46 am

oldranger wrote:Topo route really won't help. this is micro navigating and the key is hooking up with the correct ducks I described before.

Mike


OK thanks! Ill have to google it some more and see if i can find some images of the "correct Path"
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