White Fork Pass

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White Fork Pass

Post by RoguePhotonic » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:14 pm

After looking at a couple sources this pass seems to be placed at the Northern end of the ridge it crosses yet I crossed at the Southern end before the slope begins up to peak 12,766. Looking back and at photos of the area I personally think the best place to cross is at the Southern end. This will also give you easy access to or from White Fork Saddle. It is however possible to cross either so use your own judgement.

TITLE: White Fork Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass leads between the upper White Fork Drainage and the drainage East of Arrow Peak.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2

LOCATION: Kings Canyon National Park East of Arrow Peak South West of Mt. Ickes. HST Map

ELEVATION: 12,300

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt. Pinchot

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: Both sides of the pass are tedious small talus that requires a bit of caution on the descent yet no difficult sections are encountered. If traveling East and your headed for White Fork Saddle it's easiest to angle South East over the ridge coming down from Peak 12,064. This will allow you to lose a minimum of altitude.

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Re: White Fork Pass

Post by Cross Country » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:17 pm

I went over this pass with a couple of boys, 11 and 13yo. I was hoping for some fish in the lake(s) on the creek, but there were none. We hiked from WP Lake, over the pass and then back down to the junction where there is bear box and bridge, Woods Creek Junction. I don't think that very many go that route. The desent below the lake(s) is tedious too.

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Re: White Fork Pass

Post by robertseeburger » Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:36 pm

I thought I would add a couple of shots of White Fork Pass under different conditions. Rouge does a good job of describing the pass and it there are no snow difficulties. ( I went south to north)

Here are two shots, July 2019, after a heavy snow year.
First a shot looking north from the pass. Coming from White Fork Saddle, you have to come over the ridge in the foreground. I ascended the Ridgeline from the pass to where there is no snow and then walked across the snow just above the rocks to stay above steep snow.
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This shot is looking up at White Fork Pass from the north. I came down the snowfield to the right, which was not difficult but slow.
It might be easier to come down the left (east) side. Above the snowfield the talus is basketball size and very loose.
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Re: White Fork Pass

Post by JasonG » Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:38 am

Is it possible to approach white fork pass coming straight up white fork creek from the jmt/woods creek. It looks a bit narrow on gEarth..

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Re: White Fork Pass

Post by maverick » Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:51 am

Is it possible to approach white fork pass coming straight up white fork creek from the jmt/woods creek. It looks a bit narrow on gEarth..
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