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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby DAVELA » Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:37 am

KEARSARGE PASS has incredible views especially nice in june when the surrounding peaks have snow.
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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:42 am

Two things:

The passes in the West Walker drainage are very nice. As opposed to the great gnarly passes of the southern Sierra (my favorite is still Shepherd), they are truely examples of the "Gentle Wilderness." Dorthy Lake Pass, Emigrant Pass, Wolf Cr Lake Pass... They are far away, gentle, and little used, but beautiful.

Another thought is this - passes that roads go over.

My favorite road pass is Sonora Pass. Walking up Sonora Pk from Sonora Pass is one of the best walks for flower freaks. Carson Pass is my second favorite. And the walk from there to Round Top is another great flower show.
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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby fishmonger » Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:34 pm

I don't like Taboose Pass very much, but Sawmill pass kills you twice as much going up. It starts lower, is longer and you lose some elevation in the middle. The lower section is loose sand heading up steep switchbacks. No water for the first 4 or 5 miles. It's also 2 miles longer to the top than Taboose, and on the downhill side west of the pass you have to watch to stay on trail, as it gets very little use and is overgrowing in many areas. On the ohter hand, Sawmill pass is far more scenic than Taboose.

Haven't done Baxter yet but will add that next year perhaps.

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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby rlown » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:37 pm

the bunny is a nice touch to the photo. :)
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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby gary c. » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:27 pm

rlown wrote:the bunny is a nice touch to the photo. :)

Reminds me of a monkey we used to see a lot of. :)
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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby hikerchick395 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:31 am

fishmonger wrote:
Haven't done Baxter yet but will add that next year perhaps.



Does anyone know first hand if there is a new trailhead yet at Oak Creek (Baxter Pass?)
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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby fishmonger » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:35 am

rlown wrote:the bunny is a nice touch to the photo. :)



it is a mouse, and he's got 4 Muir Trails behind him. Tough little guy.

here mousie is having some Starbucks instant in the Muir Hut

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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby evan » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:32 pm

Fishmonger-

Mousie gets two big thumbs up and a giant :D How can someone not smile when he/she sees Mousie? I'm willing to bet that Mousie makes a Great companion on your solo adventures!
PS- Thats one spolied Mousie, Starbucks, thats the life! :lol:
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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby fishmonger » Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:56 pm

evan wrote:Fishmonger-

Mousie gets two big thumbs up and a giant :D How can someone not smile when he/she sees Mousie? I'm willing to bet that Mousie makes a Great companion on your solo adventures!
PS- Thats one spolied Mousie, Starbucks, thats the life! :lol:
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Mousie does know a good cup of joe when he smells it :D He also strikes up conversations with rangers, so much so that they now remember me because of that guy sticking his big ears out of my backpack.

I wonder if Mousie will ever meat Yosemite Chick-On on any of his journeys?
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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby hikerchick395 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:13 pm

hikerchick395 wrote:




Does anyone know first hand if there is a new trailhead yet at Oak Creek (Baxter Pass?)




Never mind...answered my own question...drove up there today and it's there, burnt trees and all. (That flood washed away whole ranches!)
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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:22 pm

hikerchick395 wrote:...drove up there today and it's there, burnt trees and all. (That flood washed away whole ranches!)

You went all that way, went to all that trouble, and what? No pictures?? :lol:
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Re: Worst - or Best - Pass in the Sierra

Postby giantbrookie » Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:57 pm

Wow, Haeckel Col. Great photo.

Neither me nor my dad had a good position for a photo when we did that one--so seeing your photo really brings back memories. I recall it was '77 and I was really hurting after my first knee injury. I was so out of shape I had fallen asleep at a rest stop earlier in the day on the way up. My dad was sitting on the top of the ridge as I finished the class 3 move on the top of the east side. It was awkward with an external frame pack with extender bar which kept hitting the rocks overhanging the ledges I was on. I recall finally leaning back in order to clear things. Being exhausted and having little energy on the last move (plus leaning backward uncomfortably), I asked my dad to move his behind so I could scoot onto the top of the ridge. He then called down to me that there was no room for him to move over and I'd just have to squeeze on up. This was very demoralizing for a super tired hiker expecting an easy class 2 talus slope on the west side--I instantly understood the implications of what he said. Of course the reason is there is no room is that it drops off fairly abruptly on the west side too.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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