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Route Planning - Rodgers Pass to Blue Lake Pass

Postby desertdawg » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:58 pm

What is the shortest route from the north from Rodgers Pass to Blue Lake Pass? I have searched the web with no help. On the map it looks possible to go south on the Lyell Fork then through a saddle west of Mt Ansel Adams. Looks somewhat intimidating on Google Earth.

I cannot find any info on this route though.



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Re: Route Planning - Rodgers Pass to Blue Lake Pass

Postby John Dittli » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:36 am

I'm not sure that pass west of AA really "goes". There is a chute just east of AA that I have passed thru on skis. Otherwise, continue south over the north ridge of Foerster Pk at 12,000' and continue south around to Blue Lake Pass.
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Re: Route Planning - Rodgers Pass to Blue Lake Pass

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:22 pm

Your asking about Foerster Ridge (class 2) which will give you access between the
Lyell Fork and Foerster Creek under Blue Lake Pass.
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Re: Route Planning - Rodgers Pass to Blue Lake Pass

Postby desertdawg » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:03 pm

Thanks for the tips. I was viewing the TR from Klas last night. Using modern technology (Earth). Klas's TR, and our maps we were able to put a route together.

Somehow I overlooked Forester Ride on the HST map.

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Re: Route Planning - Rodgers Pass to Blue Lake Pass

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:14 pm

Have a fun and safe trip! If you have the time please post a TR when you get back. :)
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Re: Route Planning - Rodgers Pass to Blue Lake Pass

Postby giantbrookie » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:50 pm

The gap E of Foerster Peak (elev 11600+) is indeed one of the best, if not the best, of the class 2 routes from the Lyell Fork to the Blue Lake/Upper San Joaquin area. Another one that folks may not think of is to climb directly over the top of Electra Peak (Elev 12442). I did a dayhike loop from Blue Lakes that began by climbing Foerster, then dropping to the Lyell Fork via the gap E of Foerster on firm talus and slabs (class 2).

After enjoying the Lyell Fork a bit (and finding out the lakes are fishless), I then ascended the W Ridge of Electra Peak and descended the E Ridge of Electra Peak and sort of sidehilled and saddle hopped my way back to Blue Lakes. Both routes on Electra are rated class 2 in Secor. The E ridge (our descent) was certainly class 2 as well as the sidehilling back to the Blues. The W Ridge of Electra I'm not as sure about. It was certainly class 2 until the last 50 feet or so. I'm not sure if I missed a class 2 solution but I couldn't find one. That finish via two different solutions (straight up the ridge versus trying a bench and chimney to the S) was in fact class 3 (I did the latter one-handed because of two broken fingers on my left hand; my wife did the former). I'm willing to bet that some clever route finding can keep the Electra summit to entirely class 2, however.
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