Granite-Bear Pass

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Granite-Bear Pass

Post by cgundersen » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:00 pm

TITLE: Granite Bear Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: Connects Granite Park and Bear Lakes Basin

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2

LOCATION: John Muir Wilderness HST Map

ELEVATION: 12,300

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt Hilgard; HST Map: HST Map

DESCRIPTION and PHOTOS: This is a connector route between Granite Park and Bear Lakes Basin (typical entry point: Pine Creek). It's an alternative route to the use of Italy Pass and Dancing Bear. The approach from the East is very straightforward. At about the point the trail on the 7.5 minute topo map disappears, the pass will look like this:
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We have ascended the right side of the chute (even in autumn there tends to be remnant snow), and although it can be fairly steep and a bit loose in sections, it's pretty reliable. The west side is a snooze to get down to Black Bear Lake: lots of very gentle gravel and nothing to make you regret having chosen this path. The photos should tell most of what you need to know. When 7 Gables Peak peeks out from the end of Black Bear, it's a real treat!
granite bear 4.jpg
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CG
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