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Harrison Pass

Postby quentinc » Tue May 29, 2012 9:28 pm

Harrison Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: Crosses the Kings-Kern divide, just east of Mt. Ericsson Crags.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2, except for when there's snow like in the photos below, when it's more class 3.

ELEVATION: 12,720 ft

LOCATION: Kern Divide, Kings Canyon National Park. | Locate it on the HST Map

USGS TOPO MAP: Mt Brewer

DESCRIPTION: South side is easy -- head towards the west of the rim of the bowl(?), and look for cairns

North side is confusing. There are ducks, but then there are always ducks leading somewhere. Eventually leads to the East Lake trail

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It's not as scary as these look, at least when there's less snow. The 3 photos below depict the North face of Harrison Pass.

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Re: Harrison Pass

Postby ndwoods » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:22 pm

Since the photos disappeared does anyone have any pics to add? I want to do this pass this summer...:)
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Re: Harrison Pass

Postby garyr » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:25 pm

Went from Lake South America to East Lake on 8/1/13. Large rock pile at entrance to the correct chute, hard to miss. Trail was very loose scree & handholds. May be easiest to glissade right down the middle rock, but didn't try this. Two pics attached.
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Re: Harrison Pass

Postby maverick » Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:49 am

Hi Garyr,

Welcome to HST! Thanks for the info.

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Re: Harrison Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:53 pm

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: North to South = Miserable

DESCRIPTION:

If your not smart like me and decide to climb up the North side leave the small lake at it's base heading SE up the talus field. Remain on this field for as long as possible! I entered the primary slope of the pass until I had to climb up a steep sandy hill side in order to hug the West cliff face of the slope. It was at this point I considered it might be easier to remain on the talus field on the next slope to the West until it is possible to cross into the primary one avoiding the need for a quite miserable and sketchy approach. From here hug the cliff face as much as possible to stay off the sand until your about half way up. At this point the best route is debatable. I think most people cross to the Eastern side of the slope and climb up the rock faces. I however remained directly in the chute and fought my way up to the top. This involves what I considered to be one of the most difficult slopes I have ever climbed up. There was a great deal of cursing and growling finally leading to an animalistic declaration of victory when I reached the top.

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Re: Harrison Pass

Postby Fishstick » Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:29 pm

Very helpful pics and advice, thank you. I've been over Pants Pass with a group and was planning to go over Harrison Pass with a group late this summer. Has anyone been over both Pants and Harrison that could give a comparison? Thanks.
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Re: Harrison Pass

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:58 pm

Hi Fishsticks,

Please make inquires about passes in the "Backpacking" section. Thanks

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