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Seven Gables Pass

PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:56 pm
by oldranger
GENERAL OVERVIEW: Leads between West Pinnacle Creek and Vee Lake

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2

LOCATION: HST Map


ELEVATION: 11960

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt. Hilgard

DESCRIPTION: It is interesting that this pass is on the HST Map but there is no description or pics in this forum. Markskor and I did this in 2013 from s. to n. We started near the inlet stream near the se corner of Three Island Lake and basically worked our way up to the upper flanks of Gemini Peak. At about 12100 we dropped over the the west ridge where some steepness was encountered--difficult class two where hands were needed as we worked our way down about 100 feet before heading to the pass. This steep section could have been avoided by going higher but that would have entailed a lengthy talus scramble. The cornice at the top was a tad intimidating but we worked our way up the snow to the right (se) to access steep slabs that were also quite intimidating but doable. Later in the season I suspect that the cornice would be gone (at least in a dry year). The bottom 2/3 remained steep but a series of connected grassy ledges made going easy down to Seven Gables lake 10947. I think route options on n. side are somewhat limited. On the s. side there are probably 3 different major options up different little valleys to approach the Pass. We took what we thought was the easiest with the least risk of nasty terrain.

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Mike