Camping on avalanche pass in Kings?
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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Camping on avalanche pass in Kings? on 04/11/2012 01:40:39 MDT Print View

Are there a lot of good camping spots on top of avalanche pass on the sphinx trail? (in late June)

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
avalanche pass on 04/11/2012 09:53:12 MDT Print View

Yes, there's a nice place right at the top, by the rocky outcrops to the left as you come up from Roads End.

There is a picture in one of my trip reports.
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=24319

Edited by DaveT on 04/11/2012 10:03:39 MDT.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Camping on avalanche pass in Kings? on 04/11/2012 13:24:56 MDT Print View

The problem with camping at the pass is lack of water. If you stay down away from the pass on either side, there is water.

--B.G.--

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
avalanche pass. on 04/11/2012 13:44:48 MDT Print View

The problem with camping down away from the pass on either side is the lack of views. If you camp up at the pass, there are views.

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Camping on avalanche pass in Kings on 04/11/2012 19:36:01 MDT Print View

You could also come in by Marvin Pass if you're not doing a loop that ends up back at Roads End. You can get to Roaring River in a day or 7-8 hours from Marvin.

There are recent photos of the view from Avalanche taken from near the pass (which is in the woods) on page 2 this thread from the High Sierra blog : http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7532&start=12

The one taken by "roguephotonic" is surely scenic!

Shawn Forry
(porkpie73) - F

Locale: High Sierra
Avalanche Pass on 04/12/2012 08:59:25 MDT Print View

Lots of flat areas on top of Avalanche Pass for camping. There is also a small creeklet that flows late June just south of the true pass. It is located about 300-400yds down the trail on the south side of the pass on the descent. Look for it on your right. Another option is to top off with water at the last little creek about 3/4mi before the pass. If you have even more ambition, scramble to the top of Palmer mountain for the night. Easy climb up, huge flat campsites and views of the entire range.

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Palmer Mountain on 04/13/2012 16:44:06 MDT Print View

I'm quite interested in Palmer mountain. Anyone have any camp pics from the top?

Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Palmer Mountain on 04/18/2012 12:46:10 MDT Print View

No picture, but I found this, which speaks to the point (at http://www.climber.org/reports/1996/138.html

"Oh I love to climb a mountain, and to climb the highest peak But nothing delights me half as much, as the view from Palmer Peak"

(this little ditty was found in an entry in the summit register on Palmer Mt)

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Palmer mountain on 05/25/2012 01:51:30 MDT Print View

Just thought I'd reactivate this thread.
Is there a trail from avalanche pass to the top of Palmer mountain? And if not is it pretty intuitive to get there?

Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Palmer mountain on 05/26/2012 12:21:30 MDT Print View

No first hand experience (I looked into this some in the course of considering a climb this season, prompted by mention earlier of Marvin pass, which I visited last year).

Looking at it (at http://www.closedcontour.com/), it looks moderately steep (1200' climb in 3000' straight line from the pass). The trip report at climber.org that I cited above mention a short class 3 section; perhaps that can be bypassed?

Here's a picture.

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Mt Palmer on 05/28/2012 15:09:10 MDT Print View

Thanks for the I do so far.
I'm planning on doing this trip late June.
I heard the snow is melting quick. Does anyone have any current pics of Palmer or any Kings/Sequoia pics at altitude?