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TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby pavel » Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:00 pm

Hi,

We were looking forward to magnificent lakes and mountains, but as the summer was approaching the record snowcap would not thaw, while our holliday and tickets were fixed. So we set out on this loop July 3- July 7, 2011. The good part was no mosquitous and no people and sledging down the Black Rock pass on the backpacks. Camping alongside frozen icecube was less thrilling, from day 2 we were mostly in wet shoes. I will just post couple of photos to illustrate the trail and the conditions - it was in any case awesome.
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Very dangerous crossing of Cliff Creek - I was so hapy when my wife made it....
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Most fantastic evening on the trail to Black Rock pass
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Still below the Black Rock pass, view to Cyclamen Lake
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We have succesfully sledged down the Black Rock pass on our backpacks.
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Little Five Lakes
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Upper Big Five Lakes - most fantastic place, we even got an evening swim in the very very cold water
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We need to climb it up and wade through all the snow, it was easier sledging down from Blackrock pass...
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Our first view of Columbine Lake under the Sawtooth Peak, with signs of spring in July...
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Sawtooth peak and Columbine Lake, evening show begins...
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Franklin Lakes were also totally frozen, but we are already just hours from Mineral King.



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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:31 pm

Beautiful photos. You must have got hit by that big storm that got me from July 4th - 6th.

Maybe I saw you around as I was hanging out at Silver City Resort most of the day on July 7th.
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby pavel » Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:42 pm

Yes, in those days we were setting our tents and waiting several hours for the storms to clear.... Unfortunatelly on our way back we did not stop in Silver City as our friends were in a hurry and we then moved to Ansel Adams Wilderness - the landscape and concept of National Parks in the USA is so fantastic.... Pavel
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The storms forced us to spend many hours in the tent
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby gary c. » Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:59 pm

That second picture is just beautiful! :thumbsup:
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby balzaccom » Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:48 pm

Yes it is...but they are all nice!

Thanks for posting.
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby windknot » Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:54 pm

Looks ethereal. Gorgeous pictures, thanks for sharing your report!
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby Cloudy » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:33 pm

Beautiful photos, Pavel. You should see Black Rock Pass later in the summer - it's a hot, dusty slog but still beautiful :-)
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby tim » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:09 pm

Great photos - looks like you definitely made the best of both the snowy conditions and the poor weather. Glad to see you'll be back for more!
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:12 pm

Great pictures! I have done that route twice, but never in those conditions, which shows you that different conditions can give you a totally different experience.
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby Nilsy » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:11 am

Great pictures. I imagine that the snow in the long valley just before you start the climb up to Sawtooth must have been pretty deep. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby copeg » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:21 pm

Nice photos! Did that same trip a few years back...a great loop. Thank for posting.
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Re: TR: Mineral King, Black Rock Pass, Sawtooth Pass loop

Postby pavel » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:06 am

Thanks for nice words. The snow patches on the trail from Big Five Lakes to Lost Canyon and then in the Lost Canyon were such that it was sometimes difficult to find the route (see photos below). Still, an amazing adventure. Pavel
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