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TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:38 pm
by quentinc
A quick TR for anyone who wants to see pictures of the current conditions.
Kearsarge Pass was easy, and most of this snow will probably be gone in a few days:

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Kearsarge Pinnacles, from Kearsarge Pass:

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There is snow on the JMT where it runs north of Charlotte Lake -- it's generally easy to follow boot tracks but it did get confusing in one spot. The south side of Glen Pass was easier than it looks here. There are a few spots where you have to climb scree because the trail is snowed in:

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Here are some thru-hikers on the trail ahead of me:

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View north from an isthmus on Rae Lake #2:

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Arrowhead Lake:

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Fin Dome from around the same spot (Fin Dome reminds me of the Evolution area; I'm sure that's where it would have been if it had had a choice):

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Here's the back entrance to 60 Lakes Basin (just northwest of Arrowhead Lake). This was the most difficult snow climb of the trip; I worked my way over to the rocks on the left, which were easier:

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This is in Sixty Lakes basin, and my favorite photo of the trip:

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This is the southern (upper) end of Sixty Lakes Basin, and the only lake that had any ice:

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Heading back south over Glen Pass was easier than it may look in this photo, except for the fact that some *%#*%#'s glissaded through the boot tracks in one long stretch:

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I came out via the trail that passes Bullfrog Lake and leads to the Kearsarge Lakes. Here's the pinnacles from Kearsarge #2:

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Like my trips to Miter Basin 2 and 3 weeks ago, this was a great backpack and gave me confidence that a little snow is no impediment to enjoying the Sierra.

Re: TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:59 pm
by windknot
Great report and pictures! Thank you for posting them.

Re: TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:48 pm
by bheiser1
Wow, those are all really great pics. Thanks for taking time to prepare them & post the TR. I've only hiked up to Kearsarge Pass, not beyond, and am longing to get into the area you described - it looks amazing \:D/

Re: TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:14 am
by Captain Slappy
Terrific pics. I really like the shot of the Pinnacles, especially the lighting. :thumbsup:

Re: TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:16 am
by maverick
Thank you for posting these wonderful photo's Mr.Q, looks like you had a fun time
and the conditions aren't looking to bad.

Re: TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:11 am
by jenjen
Love the pics and TR. Thanks for posting!

Re: TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:48 am
by Kelbaker
Very nice photos and report thanks for posting.

Re: TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:32 am
by Snow Nymph
Nice photos! Passing this on to friends doing the JMT in a few weeks. :thumbsup:

Re: TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:36 am
by LMBSGV
Thanks for the photos and report. I'll be going over Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin and Gardiner Basin in two weeks. It looks like things wont be nearly as bad as I was expecting (except the skeeters).

Re: TR -- Kearsarge to Sixty Lakes Basin

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:17 pm
by quentinc
Thanks everyone!