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Blue Canyon Pass

Postby tomba » Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:15 pm

Blue Canyon Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: Crosses White Divide. Connects Blue Canyon with a basin of unnamed lakes above and west from Goddard Creek.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2.

LOCATION: Kings Canyon National Park. HST Map

ELEVATION: 11,480+ ft.

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt Goddard.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: I visited this pass from north, but didn't cross it, on 2012-09-13, a low snow year. I climbed from the lake directly below the pass. It is easy to stay on solid granite "lobes" and avoid talus almost all the way up. The south side looked easy - see photos below.

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Blue Canyon Pass from about half way up the ridge with knob 11493', between the pass and lake 10232' to the north. Finger Col is on the right.
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View from the lake below the pass. It looks less steep from here.
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Top section, north side. View from slightly west from the pass.
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South side. The pass is on bottom-left.
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Re: Blue Canyon Pass

Postby tomba » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:46 pm

RoguePhotonic posted another view similar to the last one:
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Re: Blue Canyon Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:46 pm

Traversing from Blue Canyon Peak is a long tedious and often loose mess of talus. On the North side I dropped down a bit and then hooked left across some slabs to pick up easy terrain down to a small lake that then drops you down to the larger one. Going straight down may be possible but is far more complex.

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Re: Blue Canyon Pass

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:28 am

I did this pass in a high snow year. From the lake below the pass, I actually got up onto the bench above the lake by first going north on slabs, and then circling south, mostly on slabs, ending pretty high so that the actual approach to the pass was nearly level. There was snow, which actually made it easier. You are correct, that the south side is very easy. The only thing to consider on the south side is that it is difficult to traverse to Dykman Pass; you will run into talus and a cliffy section if you stay too high. It is actually better to drop to the lower lakes and then approach Dykman Pass from the Lake directly blow the pass.
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