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Nine day loop from Kings Canyon to Minearl King and back
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David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 09/22/2009 20:25:18 MDT Print View

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Edited by DaveT on 06/16/2015 21:36:14 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Kings Canyon to Minearl King-Loop on 09/22/2009 21:15:07 MDT Print View

Cool stuff Dave T!!!
The circumnavigation of the Kaweah Peaks (94.8-mile loop) is on my "To Do" list for next summer.. Nice pictures
Thanks for posting..

-Jay

Edited by Creachen on 09/23/2009 21:26:35 MDT.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Nine day loop from Kings Canyon to Minearl King and back on 09/23/2009 18:08:40 MDT Print View

Superb route concept, Dave! You passed through just about the finest the southern Sierra has to offer. It doesn't get much better, IME. Thanks for sharing.

" Climb Triple Divide Pass, and traverse to ridge, climbing atop it. Not able to initially find the way off the end that Bill Finch discusses, and find ourselves dropping to be stymied on narrow granite cliffs. Turn around and to back up, only to find relatively easy way down."

Are you referring here to the ridge that Secor advises crossing at 12,000', just south of the Colby Pass Trail and overlooking it? If so, I can second your confusion. I had trouble finding the route down, too. It is much easier to figure out going up, enroute to Triple Divide Pass.

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim) - MLife

Locale: Orange County, CA, USA
Nine day loop from Kings Canyon to Mineral King and back on 09/23/2009 18:33:08 MDT Print View

Man! That's some nice hiking. Did 5 days in that area in July, but man, a few extra days and I could've done your route.

It's all good.

HJ

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Nine day loop from Kings Canyon to Minearl King and back on 09/23/2009 21:04:29 MDT Print View

Heaven on earth.

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 09/24/2009 11:02:18 MDT Print View

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Edited by DaveT on 06/16/2015 21:36:50 MDT.

Larry Sullivan
(150mph) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
re: Nine day loop from Kings Canyon to Minearl King and back on 10/18/2009 21:01:30 MDT Print View

Epic hike. Thanks for posting! I especially liked your view of Black Rock Pass. Wow, that is formidable-looking from the south!

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 10/24/2009 20:17:00 MDT Print View

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Edited by DaveT on 06/16/2015 21:56:11 MDT.

Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F

Locale: Norway
Re: Nine day loop from Kings Canyon to Minearl King and back on 10/25/2009 12:19:27 MDT Print View

Looks fantastic! Really makes me want to spend some months in the states hiking (even though it is pretty nice here in Norway too)

John Goodin
(jdgkeg) - F

Locale: Western Slope of the Sierra
Longley Pass on 03/27/2010 22:33:49 MDT Print View

Awesome trip report. I'm considering doing the Mr. Brewer Loop this summer and was wondering how "technical" the rock section is on Longley Pass to bypass the cornice? Any additional beta on that specific section that you can share? I'm not a technical climber and I will likely be down climbing that section. Much appreciated.

David T
(DaveT) - F
longley pass. on 04/30/2010 15:46:54 MDT Print View

(Sorry to be tardy in the reply - I didn't see your post until today.)

Longley Pass looked harder from a distance than it was up close. From the east, it was a loose, steep sand slog up to the pass, where a long hard cornice was still in place in September. We could've gotten through/over it, but choose to do an easy rock/sand scramble around it - no more than Class 2 or so at the worst. I'm not a rock climber either, so no worries - it was easy. Secor calls it a Class 1 pass I think, so there's nothing to it.

Edited by DaveT on 05/01/2010 19:35:07 MDT.

David T
(DaveT) - F
longley pass. on 05/01/2010 19:33:57 MDT Print View

Longley Pass as viewed lakes below to east.
longley from below

Atop Longley Pass with old cornice remains
Around hard cornice