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Keyhole Pass

Postby dubik99 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:27 pm

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TITLE: Keyhole Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass leads between the Muriel Lake in Humphreys Basin and Darwin Bench

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2 with a short Class 3 section

LOCATION: SE of Muriel Peak. Bordering Kings Canyon National Park and the Mono Divide area. Sierra National Forest / John Muir Wilderness HST Map

ELEVATION: 12,526

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt. Darwin

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: Head SSE from Muriel Lake up into the Lost Lakes area. Stay on the East side of the slope leaving the South end of Muriel lake.
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This takes you to the lower of the Lost Lakes. Walk around its East side and head up the slope to the upper lakes. There is a use trail through the scree part on the South side of the lower lake.
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Make your way through the flat small talus area around the upper lakes to the South end of Lake 11911. The talus is not bad
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At the North end of Lake 11911 enjoy the view of the pass and pick your line. The ridge has multiple notches. Best I could tell several will work, but the proper Keyhole Pass with an actual hole is the rightmost (Northern) notch.
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The Keyhole is literally a hole:
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Below it is the short Class 3 section. It requires a short traverse on a small ledge with moderate handholds over a 10 ft drop
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Once on the left side (looking down) the climb down is straightforward with decent handholds
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