Gunsight Pass

Member descriptions, photos, and map locations of Cross Country Passes in the High Sierra. This forum is for information only - discussions should be kept in the appropriate categories.
This forum is a component of the HST Map. We need your help to complete the database, so please contribute!
Post Reply
User avatar
RoguePhotonic
Topix Fanatic
Posts: 1686
Joined: Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:52 am
Experience: Level 4 Explorer
Location: Bakersfield CA
Contact:

Gunsight Pass

Post by RoguePhotonic » Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:09 pm

TITLE: Gunsight Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This Pass marks the boarder line of Kings Canyon National Park and Sierra National Forest between the Hockey Lakes and Goddard Canyon near Lake Confusion

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2

LOCATION: The low saddle North West of Lake Confusion near the head of Goddard Canyon HST Map

ELEVATION: 11,650

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Blackcap Mountain

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: If moving West to East go around the Hockey Lakes on their North shores. This involves allot of talus hoping on the final lake. Take the slabs of rock and cross the talus pile on it's shortest section on the left aiming straight up at the slabs of rocks. Hidden in this area is many grassy ramps of terrain that allow you to bypass allot of nasty talus hoping. hug the rock faces alternating between hidden grass ramps and some talus hoping. The last push to the pass is a cut that also has plenty of grass.

The East side of the pass is a mess of some what steep granite slabs lined with some loose small rock. You just have to zig zag your way through the best you can until it's much easier to either drop into Goddard Canyon or make the easy traverse to Lake Confusion

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image








User avatar
SSSdave
Topix Addict
Posts: 2749
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:18 pm
Experience: N/A
Location: Silicon Valley
Contact:

Re: Gunsight Pass

Post by SSSdave » Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:02 am

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=37.10455,-118.76937&z=15&t=T

I took a half dozen people over Gunsight Pass east to west in 1980. The top of the east side is lower gradient slabs and turf. We did not continue down because it becomes steeper below and instead went south past Lake Confusion then up along the rib on the east side of that lake and down the less steep lines I describe on the Confusion Pass page that brings one to Martha Lake. The west side of the pass as Rogue describes is more unpleasant if one takes the direct route from the no name lakes below. Until mid summer there is likely to be snow among a lot of talus. Instead there is an easy grassy ramp Rogue seems to have also used that follows for 1/3 mile just below the 11600 contour line on the topo north northeast. Where the contours bend more westward, the contour lines below down to lake 11040+ southwest are less steep and because it faces south will be snow free.

User avatar
mike999
Topix Novice
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:36 am
Experience: N/A

Re: Gunsight Pass

Post by mike999 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:59 pm

Went over east to west this past summer in mid/late August. Because of the hot summer the big snow of winter 2018 was completely gone.

From Rainbow Lake: up the right (looking up) of the inlet stream and Secor's chute gives you easy slabs; we came out maybe 20 or 25 feet over the level of Lake Confusion. Went clockwise - which is the short way - to the other side of the lake. One section is cliify at the water and so we were hoping for a Dumbbell Lake type of slab to walk across but no such luck. Easy up and down, grab water from the outlet at the other end and turn toward the pass. Easy approach and a lot of ways up; our group of four took three different routes up the final steep part: (1) up talus and grass just next to a slab that goes somewhat steeply straight to the top, (2) a LONG walk left then right, and (3) a friction walk up the aforementioned slab.

From the top we walked to the opposite point on the tarn then made our way down mostly sand and slabs next to (not on top of) a rib, which we thought would end cliffy. On the way down we hit one small step where we had to do a very short down climb or we could crab walk through a short keyhole. Shortly after that we hit the talus. Just enough sand to make it relatively quick moving.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest