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North King Col (Clarence King)

Postby cgundersen » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:16 am

TITLE: North King col

GENERAL OVERVIEW: Connects 60 Lakes basin with the off-trail lakes northeast of Mt. Clarence King


LOCATION: John Muir Wilderness HST Map

ELEVATION: 3,360 meters

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt Clarence King

HST Map: HST Map

A couple years ago, I made what effectively was a circuit around Mt. Clarence King and there are a couple off-trail ridges that I'll aim to document for anyone contemplating a similar loop (which is highlighted by winding up in Gardiner Lakes basin). On this trip, my buddy & I entered via Kearsarge and once near the northern end of 60 Lakes Basin, we aimed for the ridge separating us from the un-named lake ( at 3144 meters) in the next basin to the west. This is what the ridge looked like from the East side:
60 Lakes basin 1.jpg

The next photo shows the terrain as one is ascending the ridge with views back toward Rae Lakes and Glen Pass:

This photo includes Lake 3144 and me in search of our tent which had fallen off my pack during the early stage of the descent:

View from the ridge looking north toward Pinchot Pass:
60 looking north.jpg

View back toward "North King col" from the basin holding lake 3144:
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Photo with "North King col" labeled:
N King col.jpg
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