"Special K saddle"

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"Special K saddle"

Post by cgundersen » Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:50 pm

TITLE: Special K saddle

GENERAL OVERVIEW: Connects the lakes (including Lake 3144) in the basin northeast of Mt. Clarence King to the next basin (with the small Lake at ~3,450 meters) across King Spur


LOCATION: John Muir Wilderness HST Map

ELEVATION: 3,500 meters

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt Clarence King

HST Map: HST Map

This route was a continuation of the circle that my buddy and I did around Mt. Clarence King. This saddle sits right where the letter K (for King Spur) is emblazoned on the HST map of this area, so Special K saddle seems fitting. You'll need to eat Wheaties for this one as it's a pretty tedious slog through fairly dense vegetation, gravel-encrusted rock and other obstacles leading to the ridge on the East side. And, there's no easy way down on the West side, so you'll spend plenty of time checking out dead ends until you finally find your comfort zone. Do not attempt this route if you're in a hurry. It can be frustrating. However, I'm guessing that if you head up from the west, it'll open up more smoothly, because it's easier to find tenable routes. Bring some water, because it can get hot! Here some shots of both sides:
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