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Trip advice: out and back, LSA to Lake Reflection

Postby commonloon » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:57 am

Hi all,

I'm planning on being in the Upper Kern next week (via Shepherd) and I'm thinking about a side trip to Lake Reflection. I'm a level 3 hiker, ok with class 3 stuff, but I will be solo so would prefer to keep it class 2.

My question in short form is how should I do this? Has anyone done this recently? I'm finding several threads related to this. It seems that Harrison Pass has deteriorated(?). Little Joe's Pass or Milly's?

Thanks in advance.



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Re: Trip advice: out and back, LSA to Lake Reflection

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:34 pm

Lucy's Foot, Milly's Foot, Andy's Foot, Little Joe, Ericsson, Harrison, and Thunder
Pass make up the Upper Kern Divide's passes. Forget Andy's, it requires an ice axe,
Thunder is to far to the west, and the northern side's talus field is just plain nasty.
Haven't been over Harrison in several years, so cannot comment on its current
condition, but it would be the easiest of the rest. Lucy's, and especially Milly's
Foot is a little involved on their northern side, and one can get in trouble if you
do not bypass the small cliff on Lucy's northern side, Milly's crux is at the top
where there is about a 100 ft section that requires feet and hands (Class 3). Ericsson
is only a little steeper at the top than Harrison and if Harrison has become damaged,
Ericsson could be a better alternative to it.
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Re: Trip advice: out and back, LSA to Lake Reflection

Postby commonloon » Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:25 pm

Thanks Maverick.

I'll probably check out Harrison first since it looks easy from the LSA side and see what it looks like from the top. If looks sketchy then maybe go check out Ericsson or Lucy's, etc.
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Re: Trip advice: out and back, LSA to Lake Reflection

Postby commonloon » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:00 pm

A little follow up. I did take a look at Harrison. I really could tell where others had descended. It looked loose and I elected to skip it.

Here a couple of pics in case someone is interested...

harrison1.jpg

harrison2.jpg
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Re: Trip advice: out and back, LSA to Lake Reflection

Postby giantbrookie » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:20 pm

So now you have our curiosity peaked... Which way did you go, if you didn't go Harrison?
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Trip advice: out and back, LSA to Lake Reflection

Postby commonloon » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:14 pm

I passed on Lake Reflection completely actually. I started to hike over towards Lucy's Foot pass, but it was getting later in the day and I got distracted by the 2 lakes below Ericson ;-)
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Re: Trip advice: out and back, LSA to Lake Reflection

Postby giantbrookie » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:22 pm

commonloon wrote:I passed on Lake Reflection completely actually. I started to hike over towards Lucy's Foot pass, but it was getting later in the day and I got distracted by the 2 lakes below Ericson ;-)

If distractions on that side of the divide kept you from crossing over, I can tell you that the same sort of distractions would not be found in Lake Reflection (same type perhaps but much smaller).
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Trip advice: out and back, LSA to Lake Reflection

Postby limpingcrab » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:10 pm

I used the eastern edge of Harrison Pass as it was loose but mellow. You'll have to try again, the little valley under Ericsson Crags is one of my favorite places I've ever been. If Harrison Pass was uncomfortable then Millys would definitely be a no-go. Hope you had a great trip!
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