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Gunsight Pass

Postby 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


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


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


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Re: Gunsight Pass

Postby SSSdave » Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:02 am


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.
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