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Royce Lakes to Granite Park

Postby ccessna » Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:23 pm

Hi all, I really do want to contribute more to this board than questions, so this will be the year I post trip reports!

Our group is made up of level 3 backpackers that are comfortable with class 2/3 routes. We are probably not in our best shape entering this year's 5 day trip, but we'll make it work.

We are going to be doing a trip out of Pine Creek starting on 7/1. Night 1 at Honeymoon Lake. We'd like to go into Royce Lakes from Pine Creek Pass, spend 2 nights there, then go over into Granite Park. I have seen several descriptions of people heading south from Granite Park into the Royce Lakes basin, but I've not seen it described from south to north. From the topo map, it looks manageable, but I really want to get some more solid info because of the physical condition of one member of our group. Due to an arm limitation, doing lengthy stretches of difficult talus or much necessity for using all four limbs might prove too much. This might be easy or might be impossible or somewhere in between, but any info going from south to north into Granite Park would be very helpful. Thank you!.



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Re: Royce Lakes to Granite Park

Postby paul » Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:52 pm

There's some talus on the Royce lakes side of the ridge, but not too bad, and the granite park side is mostly slabby and pretty easy going.
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Re: Royce Lakes to Granite Park

Postby BigMan » Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:59 pm

The east shore of Lake 11725 is talus. Some big blocks. I found staying close to the lake the easiest. Hands are required for sure in some sections. This stretch should give you an idea about your comfort level.

From the northeast shore of Lake 11725, you have two ways to get to GP: (1) Royce Pass (via Honeymoon Lake and the Italy Pass trail), or (2) the notch between the uppermost Royce Lake and Lake 11430.

The Royce Pass route is all class 1 trail.

If you take the "notch" route you'll be on talus until you reach the Sierra Crest west of Peak 11479. From there it's all downhill to Lake 11430, mostly on steep granite slabs.

You could attempt the latter route and double back if you decide you're not comfortable.
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Re: Royce Lakes to Granite Park

Postby ccessna » Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:42 am

Thank you - exactly what I was looking for. We'll give it a shot, and can always go the out of the way Royce Pass route if necessary. Thanks!!!
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Re: Royce Lakes to Granite Park

Postby lvray » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:35 am

Went through the notch (AKA Croft Col or Granite Peak pass) on the 18th from Granite Park to Royce. Some snow but mostly avoidable. Fairly easy class 2 (not sure why Secor says class 2-3). I would highly recommend going this way. Upper 2 lakes still frozen. Area is simply beautiful. I have many more pics of area if you want to see something in particular.

Looking down from pass to upper Royce Lake
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Looking back down into Granite Park with Lake 11430 below.
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Re: Royce Lakes to Granite Park

Postby ccessna » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:08 am

Great - thank you!! Those pics are very helpful! We'll be heading out tomorrow.
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Re: Royce Lakes to Granite Park

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:54 am

Hi Ivray,

Welcome to HST! It would be great if you could find some time to submit a TR, with you pictures, and an intro would be appreciated: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9329
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