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Gray Pass

Postby alpinemike » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:19 am

TITLE: Gray Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass leads from the Horseshoe Lakes to the South Fork Cataract Creek Drainage. It is used in conjunction with White & Red Passes to reach Marion Lake. This is on the Sierra High Route.


LOCATION: Kings Canyon National Park on Windy Ridge Northeast of the Horseshoe Lakes. HST Map


USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Marion Peak

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: This description includes both of what is considered Gray Pass North & Gray Pass South. Gray Pass North is obtained by climbing up a steep but easy hillside rising above on the South Fork Cataract Creek drainage basin's lakes. Once the saddle is obtained one angles out and around to the Southwest to a small tarn right around the area that Gray Pass South is located. Once the tarn is reached you go down a steep sleep down to the largest Horseshoe Lake. The entirety of this route should never exceed a Class 1 difficulty which is straightforward and easy cross country tromping.

Photos taken by Rogue Photonic (Used with his permission)
Looking up at Gray Pass North from the drainage basin

Terrain around Gray Pass North looking down to the South Fork Cataract Creek Drainage

The tarn at the top of Gray Pass South
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