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Kearsarge Pass (11,760'), July 18 2015

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:49 am    Post subject: Kearsarge Pass (11,760'), July 18 2015  Reply with quote

I stayed in Lone Pine July 17-19 and did a couple of day hikes in the area. On Day 2, I decided to hike to Kearsarge Pass, with the possibility of trying Mt. Gould. Unfortunately some weather rolled in as I was hanging out at the pass, so I decided to save Gould for another day.

Here are some hightlights. Clicking on any of the photos will bring you to my full trip report and gallery (~60 photos):

 Heart Lake
 

Mt Gould on the right, the "notch" to the left is Kearsarge Pass
   

Big Pothole Lake
   

Looking towards Kearsarge Lakes
   

Clouds building up over the Kearsarge Pass
   

   

Clouds continue to move as I descend
 

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, probably a good decision to bail on Gould.

How was the climb up Kearsarge?  Long, hot slog?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hikin_Jim wrote:
Yeah, probably a good decision to bail on Gould.

How was the climb up Kearsarge?  Long, hot slog?

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After you get a view of Heart Lake, it gets hot and dry. Fortunately, it's only about 1.5 miles to the pass from there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a map in front of me. Is there water at that view point?  If not, do you recall what the last water en route is?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I remember, Flower Lake @ about 10,500 is probably going to be the last place for you to get water. You'll see a sign and path for Matlock Lake. The lake closest to the trail is Flower Lake. The water in the lake itself looked murky, so you may want to pull some from the inlet or outlet.


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