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Piute Pass, Humphrey's Basin, Italy Pass, Seven Gables Lakes, Merriam Pass
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Richard Gless
(rgless) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Piute Pass, Humphrey's Basin, Italy Pass, Seven Gables Lakes, Merriam Pass on 08/23/2011 23:20:38 MDT Print View

I'm leaving this weekend for an eight day trip in over Piute Pass to explore the Humphrey's Basin, Italy Pass, Seven Gables Lakes, and Merriam Pass region. Would anyone have any recent info or advice on snow levels, bugs, river crossings, etc?

Thanks.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Piute Pass, Humphrey's Basin, Italy Pass, Seven Gables Lakes, Merriam Pass on 08/24/2011 00:18:40 MDT Print View

I crossed Piute Pass on August 3, and the very last of the snowfields was melting. One stream crossing in the middle of Humphreys Basin was crotch deep, cold and fast. However, it should be way down by now. I'm told that a smarter crossing spot is far upstream from the trail.

Merriam Peak and Royce Peak are a good peaks to bag.

--B.G.--

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Piute Pass, Humphrey's Basin, Italy Pass, Seven Gables Lakes, Merriam Pass" on 08/24/2011 00:59:02 MDT Print View

Hello Richard -

We crossed over Piute on Sunday 8/7 and continued through Hutchinson Meadow to connect with the JMT.

There was a small snowfield on the last approach to the pass, no big deal.

The creek that Bob is probably referring to that drains out of Humphrey's was maybe knee deep.

Quite a few bugs. Enough to be annoying.

Have a great trip!

Scott Smith
(mrmuddy) - MLife

Locale: No Cal
Italy Pass on 08/24/2011 09:20:35 MDT Print View

We crossed Italy Pass last week..

Came up Pink Creek Pass and then went up Italy Pass Trail next to Honeymoon.

Still lots of snow.. as you get above 11K.. Some parts of the trail were still covered in snow . .So.. you had to re route yourself .. and hook back up..

Having said that, we made it just fine ..

Needless to say , Granite Park was spectacular !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Piute Pass, Humphrey's Basin, Italy Pass, Seven Gables Lakes, Merriam Pass on 08/24/2011 11:29:18 MDT Print View

Sigh. Bugs or no bugs, I'm extremely jealous. Have not been up there for several years now--surely one of the Sierra's most spectacular, lung-scorching areas.

Enjoy!

Rick

drew doty
(drewdoty1444) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz, CA
photos on 08/24/2011 11:45:30 MDT Print View

here are some photos from that area. i was there on the 17th -21st of this month. i went from pine creek through the seven gables lakes over gabbot pass then over to mcgee creek trailhead. i had bugs all but one night and they were moderate to bad in the headwaters of the pine creek area at evening. i would imagine the humphreys basin to just as bothersome. with a headnet and some deet you should be fine! i did not notice that many bugs in seven gables area when we walked through, but it was during the day. all the passes i went over had some snow on them but that made it a little easier in my opinion. not some much talus. Italy pass has alot of snow on it still but i met some people that were going over it. hope these help!

drew


This is the top of ruskie passruskie pass

This is looking up at italy pass from italy lake!italy pass

This is taken from around vee lake! bear lakes area

drew doty
(drewdoty1444) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz, CA
merriam pass on 08/24/2011 11:51:07 MDT Print View

also, merriam pass looks steep. i didnt go down it but just a heads up on that. ruskie is easier.

drew


here is a photo taken from ruskie pass.
merriam

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: photos on 08/24/2011 12:54:26 MDT Print View

Wow, that's a lot of snow for late August. I've only seen little patches when up there.

cheers,

Rick

Richard Gless
(rgless) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Piute Pass, Humphrey's Basin, Italy Pass, Seven Gables Lakes, Merriam Pass on 08/25/2011 13:49:16 MDT Print View

Drew,

Thanks for the photos and the info. The snow levels don't appear to be any real problem.

Richard

Edited by rgless on 08/25/2011 13:50:28 MDT.

Richard Gless
(rgless) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Piute Pass, Humphrey's Basin, Italy Pass, Seven Gables Lakes, Merriam Pass - Thanks for all the info on 08/26/2011 18:59:44 MDT Print View

Thanks to everyone for the information. I'll try to post a trip report after I return.

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: photos on 08/26/2011 21:48:18 MDT Print View

Nice pics - but the photo labeled as Italy pass is actually a saddle on the ridge south of Italy pass, between Italy Pass and Dancing Bear Pass. You can't see Italy pass directly from Lake Italy - and it's not nearly as steep as that saddle is.

Edited by paul on 08/26/2011 21:52:18 MDT.

drew doty
(drewdoty1444) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz, CA
i think youre right! on 08/27/2011 18:29:32 MDT Print View

sorry for posting the wrong photo of italy pass!

drew

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: i think youre right! on 08/27/2011 18:32:10 MDT Print View

Richard, please do post a trip report. I am thinking about a trip in that area for next year and would love to see more photos

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Piute Pass, Humphreys Basin, Italy Pass on 08/27/2011 19:33:21 MDT Print View

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Humphreys Basin and Puppet Lake

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Not much snow in August but lots of BUGS!!!!!