Lucifer's Saddle 2

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Lucifer's Saddle 2

Post by cgundersen » Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:21 pm

TITLE: Lucifer's saddle 2

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This saddle facilitates north/south travel on the western side of the Le Conte Divide. It gives you access to Lucifer's Pass 1 which is a relatively easy class 2 route. On its southern approach, Lucifer's saddle is class 1 and although it gets a little trickier traversing over to Lucifer's Pass, the real fun stuff begins as you descend (or, ascend) Lucifer Pass 1.


LOCATION: South of Devil's Punchbowl Lake

ELEVATION: 11,150 ft.

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt. Henry; HST map: HST Map

This route connects Bench Valley and Blackcap basins in the south to Red Mountain Basin (and, Hell-for-Sure Lake) in the north along the western side of the Le Conte Divide. The eastern approach to Lucifer's Saddle 2 is the ideal starter route for someone just getting used to off-trail travel. It's wide open with interesting geology and even some flowers and water. The terrain is mostly either sand, gravel or grass. It gets a bit more gnarly once you leave the ridge and start clambering over toward Lucifer's Pass 1 as the photos will show. But, after the nice warm-up, how bad can it be?
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