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Bishop Pass Trail Re-Route

Postby steve_moran » Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:09 pm

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Re: Bishop Pass Trail Re-Route

Postby frediver » Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:14 am

Without a map link I'm lost.
Can anyone in the know post a high lighted map link or better yet a Sat image link indicating
the section of trail in question ?
Is the work really necessary for safety or is this a nanny thing?
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Re: Bishop Pass Trail Re-Route

Postby quentinc » Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:16 pm

When I was there in August, it was evident that considerable rock had rolled across part of the trail. This is where the trail starts to switchback on its way up to the pass itself. They had posted warning signs at the beginning and end of the stretch that apparently is threatened.

It sure would be nice if they could make the trail more direct when they re-route it, but based on past precedent, I suspect they will do something like double the number of switchbacks.
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Re: Bishop Pass Trail Re-Route

Postby gdurkee » Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:19 am

There's a traverse that goes through a very unstable section of moraine and just before the main switchbacks -- it may even be the remnants of a rock glacier. Anyway, boulders are constantly coming across the trail there. Not a huge problem for hikers, but it often blocks horses from getting through. Can't quite imagine what reroute would be -- probably take that traverse lower and tie it into the more solid cliffy section directly west, then constructing a couple of new switchbacks there. I doubt it would be many more switchbacks since that section is pretty stable.

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