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Davis Lakes Pass

Postby tim » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:16 am

TITLE: Davis Lakes Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass leads from Wanda Lake (east side) into Davis Lakes Basin (west side).

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 1 on east side above Wanda Lake, Class 2 on west side above Davis Lakes

LOCATION: Kings Canyon National Park: HST Map

ELEVATION: ~11700ft

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mount Goddard, Mount Darwin

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: Above Wanda Lake side it is easy walking on grass and dirt until you reach the top of the pass. Leave the JMT where it crosses the outlet stream from Wanda Lake and make a rising traverse towards the pass. The Davis Lakes side has considerable (generally large but stable) talus all the way down to the lakes. Heading west, stay slightly to the north of the low point and small ponds as you cross into Davis Lake basin. Look for a gully that descends fairly easily over rocks (marked in red on the photo below) to the flatter area above upper Davis Lake. This will also be the easiest way to ascend if heading east.

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East side from Wanda Lake

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West side from lower Davis Lake

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Descending the gully on the west side

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West side from upper Davis Lake

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Talus on west side

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