Guys, thanks for the Google Earth photos and Acme mapper. Hobbes, on the Acme, from the contour lines I would have guessed the pass was between A and B, slightly closer to B. Maybe that's why it was so confusing for Bluewater in real time.
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"That is some rad stuff! Thanx for the .kmz files - I had my 1:24k map out as an x-ref and could clearly see the correct path on the contour lines. Here's my attempt at marking the key spots on Acme:"
That Acme map has great resolution, what a resource. Thanks Hobbes. Point A looks like where I crossed the ridge and point B must be the pass.
The pass seems to be called either Gould or Dragon Pass. It's labelled as Dragon Pass in Sierra South by Kathy Morey and it is described as an option to Gould Pass by Secor, "The other option is Dragon Pass. Climb the broad talus gully that leads west from Lake 11,360 toward the ridge crest. . . climb class 2 ledges and talus to the Sierra crest. Either continue south along the crest to Gould Pass or go north a couple hundred feet to a class 2 chute that descends the west side of the crest to Lake 12,000".
dragon pass approach.JPG
A wooden post is described as marking the location of Gould Pass, but I didn't see one from the pass I crossed. I found this Sierra Club photo from the pass.
wooden post at gould pass.JPG
Secors description mentions two talus slopes on the west side of Gould Pass, "When approaching this pass from the west, make the final approach via the southern of two talus slopes". Another Sierra Club photo.
gould pass sierra club.jpg
It's all inconsequential, like Maverick posted it is more about the cross country experience than finding any specific route. It doesn't get much better than wandering around the High Sierra in the summer!