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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby sparky » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:21 pm

I think just a visit to the lake would be a worthy destination.

As for routes in the area, I know of none. secor describes "tower pass" he just says to climb to the broad saddle from tower lake and descend on the west side of the creek to tilden lake. But once at the pass it might be possible to head east...you would want to be highly experienced to try this.

this has some info you might like to read
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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby mshields » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:21 pm

sparky wrote:
this has some info you might like to read


Sparky,

Thanks for the link; a bit out of my league, but as you mentioned the lake might be a viable destination.

Wish I had a private plane to do some pre-trip reconnaissance like they did. :cool:
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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby oldranger » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:24 pm

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Tower Lake to Saddle to the S..jpg
Saddle s of Tower Lake Mid Sept 2012. It looked like there was an old Cavalry Trail over the pass
possible route between Tower and Craig Peaks.jpg
Possible route e. Between Tower and Craig Peaks
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About route between Rock Island Lake and Slide Canyon--did it over 30 years ago in reverse--Wilson Canyon, Tallulah, Doe, Slide then out of the Canyon w to the upper reaches of Crazy Mule Gulch and across Suicide Ridge--piece of cake-- but everything was 30 years ago :D . I selected the route because reading some old book back in college in the late 60s I found a map of old cavalry trails. I figured that even if I couldn't find the trail if a horse could do that slope I could. I didn't find the trail. My plan was to just bounce over each ridge until I got to Jack Main Canyon but once I got to Kerrick Meadows I opted to take the trail to Jack Main Canyon before heading off trail again.

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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby mshields » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:14 am

oldranger wrote:mshields

I selected the route because reading some old book back in college in the late 60s I found a map of old cavalry trails.


oldranger,

Wow, I would have never guessed; would like to get my hands on a book like that some day.

Thanks for the pics. It's hard to judge by a single picture, but the route between Tower/Craig Peaks might be a decent way to get to Mary Lake.

Good to hear I will be able to navigate the Slide-RIL route without any problems; as I don't necessarily have a ton of experience in the x-c category. As a side note, you are the first one I have heard from that has actually taken the Wilson Canyon entry. Do you recall in the short span of 30 years :smirk: anything worth mentioning on the stretch between Wilson and Slide?
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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby TehipiteTom » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:33 am

mshields wrote:
oldranger wrote:mshields

I selected the route because reading some old book back in college in the late 60s I found a map of old cavalry trails.


oldranger,

Wow, I would have never guessed; would like to get my hands on a book like that some day.

It doesn't have the map, but you should check out a book called Splendid Mountains, edited by Peter Browning. It's a collection of accounts by early high Sierra explorers, from Frank Dusy and Lilbourne Winchell to Bolton Brown and Joseph LeConte. Lieutenant McClure writes about his patrols in northern Yosemite, including Slide Canyon (and the ramp therefrom).

The whole thing is good reading, but that in particular may be of interest to you.

Edit: well, whattaya know--it does have McClure's maps (not sure if they're the same ones Oldranger was talking about).
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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby mshields » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:23 am

Thanks Tom,

Definitely interested; I will order a copy when I get home this evening (provided someone else doesn't get the last copy on Amazon between now and then) Look forward to the reading.
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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby oldranger » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:26 am

mshields

I left the trail in Wilson canyon where crosses the creek and heads s to Benson Pass. As I recall (right!) it was pretty easy going to the top and Tallulah and the route down to Doe was pretty obvious. I dropped down to Slide Canyon from the n. end of Doe. a little nasty but geeze I did it! The first half mile or so up slide was a tangle of trees so not a lot of fun but a fun adventure. I'm sure I missed "the ramp" but still no significant problem getting out of Slide Canyon. By the way we are so tuned in to windfall due to the event last fall that we forget that a lot of downed trees at higher elevations are really the result of winter avalanches. I might note that I always wait for late September in wet years to visit N. Yosemite--easier stream crossings but still water (those s. trending watersheds can get dry) and fewer (I used to say no, until last september) mosquitoes, fewer people (in 1980 I went a stretch of 5 days and a stretch of 8 days (during a 3 week solo trip from TM to HH) without seeing another person, most of those days were off trail though. The stretch of 5 days was broken by a strikingly beautiful naked lady!)

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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby sparky » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:10 pm

The stretch of 5 days was broken by a strikingly beautiful naked lady!
=D>

The trianglular area from benson lake to crazy mule gulch to rock island lake looks absolutely wonderful. I have wanted to visit there for years, and just zig zaging through the cracks. There is a couple small tarns here and there that look like they might have spectacular views.
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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby TehipiteTom » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:12 pm

oldranger wrote:The stretch of 5 days was broken by a strikingly beautiful naked lady!)

Mike

Photos or it didn't happen!
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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby mshields » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:31 pm

Could I get the GPS coordinates to that spot! :wink:
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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby oldranger » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:04 pm

TT

Whatever!

mshields

I think she probably moved on and she is probably well into her 50s (which at my age is prime). :)

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ask no more questions for a week as I enter the Eaglecap Wilderness tomorrow AM! :D

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Re: Kerrick / Matterhorn Canyon Loop (Cross Country Routes)

Postby mshields » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:49 pm

oldranger wrote:
ask no more questions for a week as I enter the Eaglecap Wilderness tomorrow AM! :D

Mike


You got it; I suppose I got my moneys worth out of you for a week. :-#

On a side note I came across another very good trail report for this area. (Thank you LVRAY)

http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,58544
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