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Glacier Pass (Mineral King)

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:24 pm
by zacjust32
TITLE: Glacier Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This Pass leads connects the Sawtooth Pass trail to Spring Lake and the Cliff Creek drainage.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2 with a 50 foot class 3 stretch at the top on the north

LOCATION: Sequoia National Park, Mineral King HST Map

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mineral King quad

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: From north to south: Ascend the drainage SW of Spring lake, following the use trail on the east side of the small creek. I then ascended the ramps on the west side of the drainage and skirted around to the bottom of the pass (Blue path). Start climbing up talus towards the notches on that lead up to the top. I prefer to avoid the loose talus and instead climb the rock that makes up the gullys. It gets steep but there are plenty of hand- and foot-holds. Every 6-10 feet there's a place to stand and reorient yourself as you climb, and it's only ~50 feet of climbing. Alternatively (Red path) there appears to be a bypass to the east by climbing talus and avoiding the steep cliffs. From the pass walk east to meet up with the Sawtooth pass trail. Or, as Secor suggests, head straight down the drainage and follow Monarch Creek down until it hits the trail.

PHOTOS: These were taken September 2nd, 2019, a very high snow year. Snowfields may persist late into the season, but I stayed west and avoided all snow.

Re: Glacier Pass (Mineral King)

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:06 pm
by Cross Country
Years ago I posted some really cool photos of mike 9yo at this place. In fact today I posted a story about when Mike and I were hiking in this place.

Re: Glacier Pass (Mineral King)

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:25 pm
by rlown
CC, this forum is for pass information; nothing more. Don't post here unless you have additive intel on the pass itself.