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Questions Regarding Colby Pass Trail

Post by lockmangabriel » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:50 pm

Currently planning a trip through Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP. Part of the route goes east over Colby Pass down to Junction Meadow. SEKI reports state that the trail from eastern side of the pass down to Junction Meadow is very overgrown and hard to follow, and also mentions that there has been a rockslide on the northwestern side of the pass. Has anyone been through the area recently enough to know the extent of the trail damage and if any major navigation skills are required? Any info would be much appreciated!








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Re: Questions Regarding Colby Pass Trail

Post by rightstar76 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:13 pm

lockmangabriel, here is a recent trip report from robert seeberger. I found it by using the search box on the upper right side above the forum.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18710&hilit=colby

Be sure to share your pictures and trip report with us when you come back. :)

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Re: Questions Regarding Colby Pass Trail

Post by maverick » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:26 pm

Hi Lockmangabriel,
Welcome to HST!
I found it by using the search box on the upper right side above the forum.
That TR addresses half of the OP's question in regards to Colby Pass Northern Side, in which he makes not mention of any difficulties on Colby, but he went over Milestone Pass and did not go down to Junction Meadow.
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Re: Questions Regarding Colby Pass Trail

Post by bobby49 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:37 pm

At the last time that I went over Colby Pass, I first studied the map to see exactly where the trail was supposed to be. Then as I got closer to the obstacles, I simply avoided them and went where the trail should be taking me.

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Re: Questions Regarding Colby Pass Trail

Post by maverick » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:44 pm


SEKI NP:
8/7 - Junction Meadow to Colby Pass on Sequoia side is very overgrown and hard to follow. Requires route finding skills.

7/31 - The North-West side of the pass has suffered a recent rockslide and is making ~1/2 mile of the pass very difficult to navigate/traverse. Route finding skills and scrambling are required. Caution is urged. May be stock impassable.
This is the only video that I could find from the north side of Colby, no TR's from 2018, yet, but still looking. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIV1mu1Y2Rs
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Re: Questions Regarding Colby Pass Trail

Post by BigSea » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:46 pm

I went over Colby Pass down to Junction Meadow about two weeks ago. It may have been overgrown in some parts, but didn't seem hard to follow. Interestingly, that update about the rockslide was on 7/31 and I went over the pass on 8/1, but don't recall even seeing any evidence of a rockslide. It's definitely possible I just went over or around it without thinking anything of it. It's also possible that I just have a terrible memory. :) Certainly no major navigation skills were required.

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Re: Questions Regarding Colby Pass Trail

Post by maverick » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:52 pm

Yep, just remembered your TR thru the area. :)
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Re: Questions Regarding Colby Pass Trail

Post by levi » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:56 pm

I went over Colby (from the Kings side to the Sequoia side) the first week of July, so I can't comment on the apparent recent rockslide, though the northwest side of the pass is indeed steep enough that you'd want to be careful if the switchbacks were out (I remember being impressed by the switchback engineering going from so-called "Upper Colby Lake" to the pass). There wasn't much snow, either. On the south/east side of the pass, I do recall one or two short sections, between Gallats and Rockslide "lakes" (and miles from Colby Pass, at that point), where plant growth and tall piles of deadfall forced me and my wife to mildly bushwhack for a few dozen feet before regaining the trail. If you're already that deep in the wilderness I'd hope this wouldn't faze you :) (also, BigSea, did you change your handle!?)

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Re: Questions Regarding Colby Pass Trail

Post by Thebrenner » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:53 am

Hi I just came back from a trip where I went over Colby Pass from Colby Lake .... Definitely a huge rock slide on the pass... It looks as if some of the rocks are loose... However I had no problem finding and following the trail on the pass. In terms of Colby Pass down to Junction Meadow, the trail is easy to find.... The last mile or so is in the bushes and true it is overgrown but the trail was right there under my boot the whole time. Let me know if you want more Intel.

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