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Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby pez_leon » Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:34 am

I'm hoping for information on a pass I'd like to travel over next summer. This seems like something I should be able to find elsewhere, but I'm not turning up anything. I thought that with the centuries of Sierra experience on this board someone's probably been over it and might share beta.
The goal is to get into French Canyon from the Pine Creek trailhead via the 'scenic route': trail to the Gable Lakes, then x-country to Upper Horton Lake, then south to what looks like a pretty low-angle pass leading to Desolation Lake at N 37.28607 W 118.68444 (map link provided at bottom of message). It's that pass I'm most curious to hear about. For those working with paper maps, the pass is right next to peak 12,876 on the 7.5' map. It's about equidistant between Mt. Humpherys and Four Gables on the divide. Here's a link to the ACME map for the exact position (copy and paste into a new browser window):
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http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=37.28607,-118.68462&z=14&t=T&marker0=37.28603%2C-118.68456%2C37.286032\%2C%20-118.684557&marker1=37.03538%2C-118.73287%2C%20%09%2037.03538%20%09%20-118.73286%20&marker2=37.02961%2C-118.72206%2C6.6%20km%20SxSW%20of%20The%20Three%20Sirens%20CA&marker3=37.02277%2C-118.75015%2C%09%2037.02277%20%09%20-118.75015&marker4=37.00015%2C-118.71572%2C%20%09%2037.00016%20%09%20-118.7157

Anyone know anything about this pass? I'm all for class III scrambling, but I stay away from anything that makes me really want a rope. On the map this looks fine, but I'd rather hear it from someone who's been over it themselves.
Thanks a bundle!

James



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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:47 pm

This pass is described in Secor, as part of the South Ridge Route on Four Gables. "climb from Upper Horton Lakes to the next basin to the south. Bypass the glacier in this cirque and climb a steep talus slope to the south, eventually reaching a saddle at 12,640. Class 2"

I have not personally done this route.
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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby rlown » Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:49 pm

Haven't been there, but near there. From Google Earth, It looks doable, but the descent might be a small challenge. One rock at a time. The Blue cross looks simple after the pass, but then you have to decide the descent route with either of the two red crosses:

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GE can't see the size of the boulders under 3x3x3, so think man-sized talus.
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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby East Side Hiker » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:49 pm

It may be harder to x-country from Gable lakes to Upper Hoprton...
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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby calipidder » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:57 pm

I haven't been that way but I have some shots in that direction from last summer's climb of four gables from steelhead lake.

Most of these photos were taken from the north/west side of the FG plateau looking towards Humphreys. Not sure if they are useful but take 'em for what they are...I'm sure the 'interesting' part is the stuff not visible from this direction.

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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby pez_leon » Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:31 am

Thanks very much folks! I'll take this all into consideration and be sure to post a trip report after we get back.

James
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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:38 am

Calipidder - those pictures are absolutely beautiful. Fantastic. Steelhead Lake.
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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby John Dittli » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:55 pm

A direct route is up the NE ridge of Four Gables. I have skied this route w to e, but not hiked it.

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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby Sierra Miguel » Fri May 06, 2016 5:07 pm

East Side Hiker wrote:It may be harder to x-country from Gable lakes to Upper Hoprton...

James, how did this section go? I'm planning to do the same.
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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby mike999 » Fri May 20, 2016 1:20 pm

I have a similar trip planned this summer, starting from Pine Creek Stables up to Gable Lakes, then probably over Puppet (did Steelhead a few years ago)...over to West Pinnacles, then the Bear Lakes Basin, down through Granite Park and out. Looks like it should be a nice loop.

On Sierra(s) Miguel's map the route goes over Four Gables Pass then south of the crest that is west of Hanging Valley, more or less straight down to Lower Horton...I'm trying to decide between that and staying on the crest and doing the switchbacks down to Lower Horton. The Steep Part seems to be several hundred feet below the pass - I won't be in the mood to turn around and go back up to the crest, but on the other hand I don't want to waste too much time on Class 3+ surprises so early in the trip.

Anybody been this way?
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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby Sierra Miguel » Thu May 26, 2016 10:33 pm

mike999 wrote:over Four Gables Pass then south of the crest that is west of Hanging Valley, more or less straight down to Lower Horton

We'll actually probably go right up Peak 12808 to Four Gables, instead. Supposedly all class 2.
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Re: Passes south of Four Gables?

Postby mike999 » Sun May 29, 2016 8:14 am

Not a bad idea. I've never been to the top of Four Gables anyway...I can add it to my off-the-run peaks list. From staring at caltopo the route to Hanging Valley then down the switchbacks to Horton seems like a lot of possibly unnecessary trail time, and a TON of unnecessary elevation loss - something that would be grinding away in the back of my mind on Day 2.

I find I spend a lot of time puzzling over details before each trip, and the details are usually obvious once they're staring back at you.
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