Rogue, are you still planning to start your trip on June 26th?
So far yes.
Colby Pass will be a snow slog.
Yes I fully expect Colby to either be as bad or way more snow then it was in 2009 when I had to turn around on it. But at least this time I know where the pass is which I didn't before and I will have an ice axe.
Yes I do plan to go down to the Kern. Crossing will be one of those things I will have to deal with as I get there.
The suggestion to do Milestone pass might be a nice idea though. I have never done the trail from Colby Pass down to the Kern but then I haven't done the other route either. It probably has a trail on a good portion of it also because I took one by mistake last year that was heading up Milestone Creek in that direction.
From Harrison Pass, where do you go? Down to Bubbs Creek
Yeah that is the plan. I was warned about this crossing earlier in this thread. I'll just have to try and find a place to cross even if I have to head miles down stream.
The trouble with taking Forester is it is much further and I wanted to visit Lake Reflection. I have been over Forester North and South.
I do agree some of the miles in this section most especially have been making me consider how likely it is to fall behind schedule. What makes it worse is my dad planning to meet me at the end of this section to come along. I can give an update by calling at Lodgepole but then there is no more communication until Cedar Grove. To make it worse normally a layover day can be used to catch back up when you fall behind but I have it planned at Lonely Lake which is before I start any of the difficult sections. From Lonely Lake to Colby Lake I am 100% expecting 90% snow travel which like you said is slow moving. Then the issues with Colby Pass. Then the possibility there may be allot of snow coverage in the Upper Kern Basin. The possibility of crazy water crossings which could result in miles of bushwhacking to cross. None of it is a problem alone as I am ok if I fall behind but meeting someone just complicates things.
I considered doing a layover at Lodgepole but that is just a bad idea because I am supposed to arrive on Sunday July 3rd!
The Milestone Pass idea could solve some of this problem because it's only 5.5 miles from Colby Pass to the trail leading up the Kern vs about 14.6 by going down and up the Kern. I made the mistake though of looking up what I am missing on the other trail and this shot of Gallats Lake does not help!