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Any info on Harrison Pass??

Postby Trailtrekker06 » Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:51 pm

Secor says trail that shows on Topo is not there anymore, not a big deal, but the North side sounds kinda iffy- maybe rethinking bringing the crampons...I will be going down the North side, just wondering if anyone's done it and your opinion. Thanks!



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Postby giantbrookie » Thu Jul 13, 2006 4:41 pm

There certainly isn't a trail and even if there was the steep, north-facing side would probably have a pretty steep snowslope below it as of now. I have not crossed Harrison, but went over the KK Divide via Lucy's Foot Pass in the fall of 1994. The first part of the route coming out of East Creek is common to any of three routes going over the divide (Lucy's, Ericsson, Harrison) and there certainly wasn't much of a trail even lower down. I can't speak for either Ericsson or Harrison, but from what I hear they both have some of the characteristics of Lucy's Foot, which is very steep north sides with steep, loose talus. With lots of snow on it, as you would get right now, the unpleasant steep talus is covered, but then you get steep snow. Secor makes some comments about xc ski routes over the KK divide and this might give you an indication of which of the routes will be the easiest with snow on it. I seem to recall that Secor seems to say the least negative things about Ericsson (both in the snow-covered and bare rock modes), which I recall is sort of a variation on the Harrison theme. I don't have my topo map or my Secor with me right now, so I'm just going off memory there.
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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:13 pm

giantbrookie- Thanks very much for your input . The darn snow and water levels are getting in the way of my trip. I've changed the route several times and I am leaving tomorrow. At least the pack is ready, I just need somewhere to take it for 9 days. arrrggghhhh. Any suggestions for a good loop 60 -70 miles or less from the east side??
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Postby copeg » Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:35 pm

I don't have much info about the passes - I've only really seen them from the south and hiked up the East Creek drainage but not to the passes. However getting to the passes may be a problem because of the Bubbs Creek crossing. I'm just guessing here but it may be difficult to cross right now. When I was there several years ago there was a meadow about 1/4-1/2 a mile downstream of the actual trail where the creek was much easier to cross - and probably even easier in the morning, but that also added on 1/4-1/2 mile of nasty bushwacking.
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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:52 pm

Thanks trailblazer! I will have fun, no doubt. :D Wingding was kind enough to offer a shuttle , so I might take her up on it, or we'll bring 2 vehicles ourselves. Thinking maybe I'll just go in at KP and out at Cottonwood and get some peaks along the way, ( thanks again Wing) or I'll figure out something else. I just gotta calm down and look at my maps.... thanks everybody! I hope I can return the helpfulness!
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Postby madeintahoe » Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:11 pm

TT.....I do not know if this will help much..but just in case. I posted a question over at Summitpost awhile back asking about Harrison Pass...I did get a few responses. Here is the link to the post at the bottom of this message...hope it works okay.

I was at Lake South America in 2001, and we looked up the South side of Harrison Pass from there & it looked okay kinda just a long sand slog it looked like to us & a pretty easy gradual climb up. But I have heard too that the North side is harder then the South.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:34 pm

Aerial photos of the Sierra taken July 10th

http://www.ncffb.org/index.cgi?read=349161

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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:36 pm

Thanks MiT and SN! Don't want to lug crampons and ice axe so not going over Harrison this time. I'll try KP to Cottonwood and hope that Forester is not TOO bad. If it's later in the day, the snow might be soft enough. If not I'll re route and go explore. There are plenty of bail out trails on the way south, so I'm not gonna worry. I heard Old Army was axe and crampons too, always have New Army to go down. Who knows my plans may change again at the last minute!!! Thanks again!
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Postby quentinc » Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:19 pm

I've been over both Harrison Pass and Lucy's Foot. Lucy's Foot is a relative nightmare because of all the loose talus (Lucy must have been one tough cookie!). A very large boulder came loose on me, and I almost went for a bone-breaking spill.

Harrison, on the other hand, is a complete breeze!

Lucy's Foot made for a nicer backpack though, because one could explore the lakes near the great western divide, on the way to the south side of the pass. By contrast, the route from the north side of Harrison towards Mt. Brewer is rather unexciting forest.

When I went over, Harrison was only partly full of snow. It might be tough covered with a layer of ice -- what wouldn't?
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Postby wingding » Fri Jul 14, 2006 10:52 am

Trailtrekker - I do believe I saw you kick steps over a very large snowfield on Shepherd Pass last July 1st without crampons - so I doubt you'll have problems with Forester. Thanks again for kicking those steps on Shepherd - made my trip up to the pass behind you a lot easier.
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Postby cgundersen » Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:33 pm

Among the 4 routes (Harrison, Millie's, Lucy's and Thunder col) into the upper Kern Basin from the Lake Reflection/Mt Stanford area, Harrison is definitely the most accommodating I have tried (I went over it in the autumn two years ago from north to south). There did appear to be very meager trail remnants along the east side of Harrison (that I did my best to "improve"; then about 3/4 of the way up there is a diagonal scuttle (east to west) toward the top (the south side is a snooze). What's remarkable near the top is that there are rocks with copper (?) deposits that turn a striking blue-it looked like spray paint from a distance!
Anyway, looking (with binoculars) in the direction of Harrison Pass from State peak ten days ago, the route looked pretty clear, and much less intimidating than Lucy or Millie (I would only follow those ladies again under duress). Just for the record, do not expect a single tree on the north side of Harrison. Contrary to another posting, it's all rock, sand and water. Barren and gorgeous.
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Postby quentinc » Sun Jul 16, 2006 2:04 pm

CGunderson, you've probably been over Harrison more recently than I have, but my recollection is that after you pass through the rocky area (which I agree was nice) you have a very long stretch though nondescript forest, at least if you're heading towards East Lake/Lake Reflection. Other than the passes themselves, I vastly preferred the hike via Lucy's Foot to Harrison

Since you've done all of the passes, how does Milly's Foot compare to Lucy's?
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