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Hiking up the sides of Big Arroyo and Kern River Canyons

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Re: Hiking up the sides of Big Arroyo and Kern River Canyons

Postby fourputt » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:08 am

I’ve done the Chagoopa - Big Arroyo route 6 times (four descending, twice ascending which is harder) and the Cal Topo squares correctly. From Mineral King it’s the most direct access to the Kern and is mentioned in Steve Roper's "Climber's Guide to the High Sierra."

A person I know who “went west” from Moraine Lake said they ran into difficulties. A navigational aid descending is to aim for the Willow Creek-Big Arroyo confluence from the rim due south of the midpoint between the Sky Parlor junction and Moraine Lake.



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Re: Hiking up the sides of Big Arroyo and Kern River Canyons

Postby SSSdave » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:20 pm

Topo shows your route might cliff out between 9000 and 9080 feet. Tomba caltopo route is the obvious choice on the newer 7.5m USGS map. A great example of an area where those who don't make use of topos are apt to find themselves looking down a cliff after climbing down so far that climbing back up to escape would be painful. Head southeast from Moraine Lake directly towards the top of the big S in Sequoia (crosshairs on this mapper.acme topo)

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=36.44922,-118.45038&z=15&t=T

then slide southwest to avoid another steep band 200 feet lower. Be sure to take a look at the satellite tab also and zoom in max.
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