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Alpine Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:05 pm

TITLE: Alpine Pass

I disagree that this is even a pass but it's listed in books as such and I have crossed it so here you go.

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass connects the head of Alpine Creek into Tunemah Lake

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2

LOCATION: Kings Canyon National Park on the South end of Tunemah Lake. HST Map

ELEVATION: 11,180

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt. Goddard

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: From Alpine Creek most any route can be taken up. I aimed for some slabs of rock to avoid more talus hoping for as long as I could. Once near and on the top you will have to talus hop continuously around the SE side of Tunemah Lake.

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Re: Alpine Pass

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:27 pm

It becomes a pass if you drop to the lakes to the east and on to Goddard Creek; this would be a pass between upper Alpine Creek and Goddard. But who does that? I have explored going down about a third of the way and it is not easy, but it does go. So, yes it is not much of a pass if it ends at Tunemah Lake.
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Re: Alpine Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:03 pm

Jonathan Bourne made the traverse into Goddard Creek from Tunemah Lake. Except for the notion of going where so few have I can't see any reason to do this.
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Re: Alpine Pass

Postby hurricaniac » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:41 pm

I did this in 1977 (Tunemah Lk. to Goddard Ck.). Going down to Goddard Ck was the easy part, thrashing thru the buckthorn past periodic rattlesnakes for 4 miles down to Simpson Mdw was hellish. Worst. Day. Hiking. Ever. Reaching Simpson Mdw alive was like the promised land.

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Tunemah Lake, June 1977

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Heading down to Goddard Ck. from Tunemah Lk.

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Looking S. down Goddard Ck to MF Kings and Monarch Divide
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Re: Alpine Pass

Postby Silky Smooth » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:57 pm

Great shots from '77!
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Re: Alpine Pass

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:39 pm

Looks like my old photos from the 70's! Time degrades film color. I have had some luck at adjusting the color in Photoshop.

There are a multitude of routes to get between drainages. I would think if you call something a "pass" it should provide a path of least resistance. Not sure Alpine Pass in this definition would qualify for more than a non-pass to get to Tunemah Lake.
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