Thanks Mav. Hope the heat wave coming/returning next week puts a dent in it.
One more great TR with both sides and a HD panoramic movie from the pass:
http://www.markscheeff.com/etc/travels/ ... king_2005/
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The snow patch on the west side of Pyra Queen Col will be lingering this year. I went over in August last year and the snow towards the top of the pass was still quite firmand slick in the morning. If you're not hiking with microspikes, I would reccommend going over the col a little later in the morning to allow that snow slope to soften. There is a great ramp that leads to the northern notch in the col (if crossing from the west). This seems to be the better crossing of the col. This was on a loop that included Tablelands, Big Bird Lake, Josephine Lake, Colby Lake, Milestone summit, Colby Pass, Red Spur lakes, and ultimately Redwood Meadow Grove before returning back to Lodgepole.
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