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Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby jenreyn » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:47 pm

Just wondering who has done Tunemah Pass pass down to Goddard Creek and or if anyone has taken one of the drainages from Tunemah Lake down to the confluence of Disappearing Crk and Goddard Creek. Trying to finalize some decisions as to how we are exiting from the White Divide from Tunemah Lake. We are highly experienced cross country backpackers with lots of experience and miles under our feet. Comfortable up to 4th class with packs. I have done the whole Goddard Creek Drainage to Simpson Meadow a couple years ago as well as been down the Enchanted Gorge which we are considering as an option to get back towards Muir Pass. But wanted to see if anyone had any good info about either of these options. Thanks again!

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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby Pato » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:03 am

I was waiting to see if anyone else was going to chime in, but I'll try to help a bit if its not too late. I have not done the descent from Tunemah Pass nor descended the drainage from Tunemah Basin down to Goddard Creek. However, I was just in the area and took a couple pictures of that drainage below Tunemah and it looked like you could keep it at Class II. Of course, I couldn't really see the lower reaches of the canyon, so who knows what you'll run into down there...

Here's some pictures from the lip of lower Tunemah Basin
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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby jenreyn » Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:38 pm

Thanks Pato. I actually just got back :) Was just seeing if there were others out there who had any info on alternative exits. I did talk to one person who has gone down the Tunemah drainage to Goddard Creek and he said it is fine. I sprained my foot on day one so we opted not to drop down to Goddard creek and use the Enchanted Gorge as an exit. We ended up using your info from your trip report to get over to Tunemah from the Finger Lakes Basin. Thank you for that info. We ended up not going over Libby Pass on our way in but to the right up to the peaklet and ridge traversed over and down to the lake. We used Libby Pass on our way back to camp. Was really awesome to be back there. I tried getting there a few years ago but we bit off more than we could chew with time constraints and heavier packs. This time we went lighter and crossed Ionian Basin to shorten the distance to get there and it worked out.
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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby giantbrookie » Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:11 pm

jenreyn wrote:Thanks Pato. I actually just got back :)

Can't wait to see your report. Sounds like a great trip.
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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby John Dittli » Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:42 pm

Hi
I have hiked over the peak due north of Tunemah Lake, some talus but a good route.
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I've descended (in winter) the drainage from Tunemah Peak to Goddard Creek (a bit of scrambling to bypass a waterfall down low).
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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby jenreyn » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:31 am

That Winter picture looks impressive John. Was wondering if anyone had been out there in winter. I think we used the same way you did going up to the peak to the north of Tunemah. It worked out well.
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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby John Dittli » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:56 am

Ya, that was a pretty cool trip, not actually winter, but spring of a big year. More pictures here if you're interested.
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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby hacker » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:19 am

Just walked Simpson Meadow --> Goddard Creek --> Tunemah Lake. Left from NE of the Middle Fork/Goddard Creek junction. Walked NE bank of Goddard Creek, mostly ~30 meters above the creek level where the brush is sparser as seen clearly in aerial photography (no dramas, and MUCH easier than Muro Blanco). Reached junction of Goddard Creek and creeks draining ENE out of Tunemah ("Tunemah Creek") in 4 hours. Ascended "left"/south side of "Tunemah Creek", staying far above and south of creeks until reached lake basin at 10200' where the gradient eases dramatically. Required 5.5 hr to reach Tunemah Lake.

Route up "Tunemah Creek" is easy with no major route-finding challenges. The cliffs shown around 9600-9800' on some topo maps do not cross all the way across the canyon and are easily surmounted. Walking down the canyon would be slightly more challenging as the opportunity for being cliffed for a few short sections exists.

(Reached Simpson Mdw via Tehipite Valley from Rancheria TH. Exited Tunemah via Alpine Col, Dykeman Col, Blue Cyn, Crown Valley back to Rancheria TH. 4.5 days.)
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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:28 am

Hi Hacker,

Welcome to HST! Thanks for the info, hopefully you'll have the time to write up a
TR with some pictures. :) I know we would all enjoy reading about your adventure
through that beautiful region on the Sierra.
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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby sekihiker » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:58 pm

hacker wrote:(Reached Simpson Mdw via Tehipite Valley from Rancheria TH. Exited Tunemah via Alpine Col, Dykeman Col, Blue Cyn, Crown Valley back to Rancheria TH. 4.5 days.)

Studley trip! Sure would like to see a report.
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Re: Tunemah pass or Tunemah lake into Goddard Canyon

Postby robertseeburger » Sat Apr 04, 2015 4:27 pm

I am thinking of going to Tunemah Lake this year. With the "no snow", does a June trip including Hell for Sure Pass, Martha Lake, Ionian Basin, Tunemah, and Blackcap Basin make sense? I don't mind some snow, but hate "snowslogging".
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