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Wanderer Pass (unofficial)

Postby RoguePhotonic » Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:24 pm

TITLE: Wanderer Pass (unofficial)

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass crosses the low saddle 0.9 miles SE of Giraud Peak from the Cirque South of Giraud Peak and a cirque on the West end of Palisade Basin


LOCATION: Kings Canyon National Park 0.9 miles SE of Giraud Peak. HST Map


USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): North Palisade

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: The East side of this pass is an easy class 1-2 walk up. Move through a mess of slabs and rocks containing grassy terrain to the right and then curve back to the left up easy slopes until you reach the top.

The West side of this pass is much steeper but is still quite easy. Head straight down the slope which will begin to narrow. This slope has allot of small vegetation and rock on soft soil. It will bottle neck you into one narrow point which is steep but still easy to head down. Nearing the bottom you'll begin small talus hoping.

The route between the two lakes here is mostly small but some what loose and tedious talus. On the NE side of the lower lake below Giraud Peak there is a very steep section of grass that can be a bit dangerous although if you wish it can be bypassed by climbing higher.

If you move down into Leconte Canyon stay on the North side of the creek for the entire descent. This is by far the most tedious aspect of this route. At some short sections you'll be in willows above your head and some stinging nettle.


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