TR: Kearsarge Pass to Upper Kern 7/28-8/5/19

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TR: Kearsarge Pass to Upper Kern 7/28-8/5/19

Post by wsp_scott » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:52 am

I can't figure out how to copy and paste photos from my blog, so this is going to be somewhat abbreviated and you can read the full story on my blog.

In 2018 I visited SEKI for the first time and fell in love viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19052

In December of 2018 I asked asked for and received a lot of very helpful advice viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19057

If you read the 2nd link, you will see that permit issues scrambled my plans. In short, I was hoping to enter/exit via Kearsarge Pass. I ended up with a permit for Shepherd Pass which made me nervous given the heavy snow this year. About a week before my trip, I randomly got on recreation.gov to see if people were canceling Shepherd permits and I found 10 Kearsarge permits for my day were available (I assume a large group canceled). So I ended up with a Kearsarge permit after all.

Caltopo says 76 miles and +/- 16500'

Day 0 (Lexington KY to Whitney Portal)

Day 1 (Onion Valley to Upper Vidette)

Day 2 (Vidette to Upper Kern area)

Day 3 (Day Hike to Milestone Basin and Lake South America)

Day 4 (Upper Kern Area to Shepherd Pass)

Day 5 (Shepherd Pass to Meadow on north side of Forester Pass)

Day 6 (Forester Pass to Kearsarge Lakes w/ side trip to Center Basin)

Day 7 (Day hike Kearsarge Lakes Basin)

Day 8 (Kearsarge Lakes to Onion Valley)

A couple highlight photos with lots more here https://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/20 ... -2019.html

Bullfrog Lake
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East Viddette and Bubbs Creek
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Sky Pilot and Forester Pass
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Sunset
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Milestone Basin was buggy but beautiful
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Upper Kern
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Milky Way and Foxtail Pine
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Mt Tyndall and Milky Way
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Lupine and Milestone Mountain in the background
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Sunset below Forester Pass
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Lake 11276 below Forester Pass (north side)
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Center Basin
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Sunset over Kearsarge Lake
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Wandering around between Kearsarge and Bullfrog
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Kearsarge Pinnacles and Crescent Moon
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One last look at the High Sierra
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Summary/lessons learned: I thought that I wanted solitude and I still do. But, I don't mind interacting with people on the trail. In fact, with some people I enjoy it. It is interesting to hear what people are doing/where they are heading. And it is useful to get a little information about things like snow covered passes. It turns out that I don't need/want solitude while hiking, but I really like it once I setup camp. Kearsarge Lakes made this obvious and made me think of Charlotte Lake and Rae Lakes last summer. The crowded/noisy camping is what annoys me, not fellow hikers on something like the JMT. I figure it is a valuable trip if I learn something about myself and on this trip I did.

lots more detail/photos here https://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/20 ... -2019.html


My trip reports: backpackandbeer.blogspot.com






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Re: TR: Kearsarge Pass to Upper Kern 7/28-8/5/19

Post by sekihiker » Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:42 pm

Thank for posting the report and including all those beautiful photos.

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Post by robertseeburger » Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:47 pm

Really beautiful photos of a great area to visit. Glad you got some time without pack in the upper kern for day hikes.. One of the best areas in the sierras to do this.

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Post by kpeter » Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:26 am

I really like your sky pilot shot...nice foreground/background contrast.

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Post by wsp_scott » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:00 am

Glad you liked the photos

@robertseeburger I definitely want to get back to the upper kern area again to do some more wandering, it is a very beautiful and empty area
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Re: TR: Kearsarge Pass to Upper Kern 7/28-8/5/19

Post by davidsheridan » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:52 am

Great photos!

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Post by Pulpit » Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:27 am

Unreal photos, thanks for sharing!

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Post by Cross Country » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:38 pm

Just like everyone else I was impressed by the gorgeous photos. I have been to all of these places 2 times each. Again, what beautiful photos. You have a really good eye. I have a good eye for photos but not nearly as good as yours.

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Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:21 am

How was the trail up to Vidette Lake? It was not in very good condition about 5 years ago.

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Re: TR: Kearsarge Pass to Upper Kern 7/28-8/5/19

Post by wsp_scott » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:32 am

Wandering Daisy wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:21 am
How was the trail up to Vidette Lake? It was not in very good condition about 5 years ago.
I assume you are referencing the "Upper Vidette" part, I meant above Vidette Meadow on the JMT, I never got close to Vidette Lakes.
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