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TR: Mineral King Loop (June 29,30)

Postby Dizzy » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:53 pm

Route: Mineral King -> Glacier Pass -> Spring Lake -> Cyclamen Lake -> Columbine Lake -> Sawtooth Pass -> Sawtooth Peak -> Mineral King

http://skydizzy.blogspot.com/2013/06/mi ... -loop.html



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Re: TR: Mineral King Loop (June 29,30)

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:22 pm

Thanks for the TR and pictures Dizzy. I to really enjoy slaloming down the
sandy trail from the top of Sawtooth Pass.
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Postby sheperd80 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:44 pm

Great pics. Looks like a nice trip. Can you tell me what you used to make that map?

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Re: TR: Mineral King Loop (June 29,30)

Postby Dizzy » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:25 pm

Can you tell me what you used to make that map?

Map based on
http://www.closedcontour.com/

with route edited in Paint. blue color for the trail and red for cross country.
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Postby sheperd80 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:18 am

Cool thanks.

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Re: TR: Mineral King Loop (June 29,30)

Postby SSSdave » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:03 pm

We just returned from a 9-day trip over Sawtooth and took both the old Groundhog Meadow trail up Monarch Creek and the standard horse trail. My third trip over that sandy slog. Of note, the trail on the topo is possibly the most inaccurate I've seen on USGS topos, especially the section between Groundhog Meadow and the Crystal Lake Trail junction which has ridiculously long low gradient switchbacks of which I counted 15 and numbers of steps for each. Someone ought to record a GPS track to fix that. And of course the Monarch Lake to Sawtooth route was never a maintained trail but rather a use route with ducks and various sub paths. The zigzags on the map are just someone's distant imagination.
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Re: TR: Mineral King Loop (June 29,30)

Postby sekihiker » Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:21 am

Did that route in late May 41 years ago. http://sierrahiker.home.comcast.net/Cli ... index.html
You have inspired me to revisit MK despite the road.
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TR: Mineral King Loop (June 29,30)

Postby themappist » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:40 am

I had an unexpected weekend in the Sierras last year in June and ended up in MK. I did a traverse along the entire ridge from Timber Gap to pk 11127, Empire Mtn To Sawtooth Pk. Was a great day and got to see the area you traversed. Glacier pass looked much harder to me and your view up of Sawtooth from Columbine is spectacular. Wish I'd had more time to cross the pass and spend a night.
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Re: TR: Mineral King Loop (June 29,30)

Postby toejam » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:27 am

Your TR inspired me to put Spring Lake and Glacier Pass on the end of a week-long loop out of Mineral King. It was one of the best parts of the trip. Thanks!

As a point of clarification, the map in your photostream doesn't accurately show the path of the old Glacier Pass Trail on either side of the pass. But an observant hiker will probably find the route, and the terrain is not too difficult.
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