Blackcap Basin / Goddard Trip Ideas?

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Blackcap Basin / Goddard Trip Ideas?

Post by MichaelRPetrick » Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:37 pm

I'm curious about those who've been over Blue Canyon, Mantle, and Reinstein Passes as well as to Davis Lakes thoughts on the two below cyan/orange trip options: (Starting next Thursday the 2nd).

The off trail passes and wild country on the orange bit really appeal to me, but Starr's route on Goddard has also been calling to me for a while.

I'm torn, and am turning to fellow Sierra-philes to help me get my butt off the fence. :-k
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Both people on this trip are comfortable with 20+ mile days on trail, strenuous off-trail, and know how to use ice axes. I've done the JMT twice, and the SHR as a thru.

I have also done the cyan version of this trip without the Davis Lakes/Goddard chunk in 2015 of a low snow year, but in a very hurried knee-mashing three days.

I have eight this time and really want to explore. All thoughts/suggestions welcome! :)
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Re: Blackcap Basin / Goddard Trip Ideas?

Post by dougieb » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:42 pm

I'm heading out that way at the beginning of August for 7 or 8 days. I'm planning on hiking through Hell for Sure area, over to Bench Valley and then over to Blackcap Basin and back to Maxson. I've been to many areas of the Sierra but I have yet to see any of that zone. It might be a bit less rugged than the area further southeast that you're looking at but might be worth considering too. You could do the loop you've shown but go over Gunsight Pass (I think it's called) and down through Bench Valley on the way back to Maxson instead of going back through Blackcap area again.

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Re: Blackcap Basin / Goddard Trip Ideas?

Post by MichaelRPetrick » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:41 pm

dougieb wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:42 pm
I'm heading out that way at the beginning of August for 7 or 8 days. I'm planning on hiking through Hell for Sure area, over to Bench Valley and then over to Blackcap Basin and back to Maxson. I've been to many areas of the Sierra but I have yet to see any of that zone. It might be a bit less rugged than the area further southeast that you're looking at but might be worth considering too. You could do the loop you've shown but go over Gunsight Pass (I think it's called) and down through Bench Valley on the way back to Maxson instead of going back through Blackcap area again.
Oh good call, I'd forgotten about Gunsight entirely.

Combining that with Crown -> Blue Canyon -> Reinstein Passes definitely gets me the most new territory on this trip. I'm likely going to go with that route, it's pretty much exactly the same mileage and elevation gain/loss as the other options.

Thanks for the idea on such a nebulous ask, this is exactly what I was looking for!

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Re: Blackcap Basin / Goddard Trip Ideas?

Post by sekihiker » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:35 pm

I have spent a lot of time in this area and have a number of trip reports at: www.sierrahiker.com

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