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John Morrow
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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 8:34 am 
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Tommy and I joined the wedding couple for a backpack in their beloved Sierras on the Bishop Pass Trail out of South Lake TH west of Bishop, CA.  Setting up a basecamp at 11,300 feet near the Bishop Lakes we had easy access to rambles through trailless passes, a selection of peak scrambles, and trails to beautiful lakes.

Day 1:

Five easy miles on the Bishop Pass Trail ascending from the near 10,000 foot high South Lake TH to our camp at Bishop Lakes at 11,300 feet.  In the afternoon we scrambled Mount Goode 13,085 feet.


Campground along Bishop Creek
Campground along Bishop Creek
Starting out from South Lake TH
Starting out from South Lake TH
Hurd Peak on Bishop Pass Trail
Hurd Peak on Bishop Pass Trail
Hurd Peak behind
Hurd Peak behind

We chose a more interesting route up Goode.  Rather than the scree and dirt slog ( a good descent route) we ventured out onto the lower east face leading then to the easy but fun and aesthetic east ridge.  Probably encountered a few Class 4 moves on the face but all is avoidable.

Headed for a Class 3 variationof east face/ridge of Goode
Headed for a Class 3 variationof east face/ridge of Goode
scrambling Mt Goode 13,085'
scrambling Mt Goode 13,085'
more great scrambling
more great scrambling
Mt Agassiz and Bishop Lakes
Mt Agassiz and Bishop Lakes
East Ridge Goode
East Ridge Goode
from the top
from the top
View north
View north
dunno any of these
dunno any of these
Al on top
Al on top
sunset
sunset

Day 2:

Hiking the trail to Dusy Basin through Bishop Pass, we entered Kings Canyon National Park.  Our plan was a high pass crosscountry route right below Thunderbolt Peak's (14,003) SW Ridge connecting Dusy Basin with Palisade Basin.


yesterday's route
yesterday's route
Black Divide
Black Divide
Dusy Basin Lakes
Dusy Basin Lakes
Dusy
Dusy

Tommy and I then continued on to climb Columbine Peak's (12,682') NE Ridge for excellent Class 3 scrambling to the summit.



Through Dusy/Palisade pass
Through Dusy/Palisade pass
Tommy views Columbine Peak 12,862'
Tommy views Columbine Peak 12,862'
Barrett Lakes
Barrett Lakes
across from Palisade Basin
across from Palisade Basin
Route
Route
Palisade Lakes
Palisade Lakes
Tommy starts Cl 3 NE Ridge Columbine Peak
Tommy starts Cl 3 NE Ridge Columbine Peak
impeccable scrambing
impeccable scrambing
scramblin'
scramblin'
some steep parts
some steep parts
Tommy, Columbine Summit
Tommy, Columbine Summit

The SW Ridge of Columbine was an easy descent of Class 2 to Knapsack Pass (trailless) where we returned through Dusy Basin at sunset for the trail walk back through Bishop Pass and camp.


back in Dusy Basin
back in Dusy Basin
Agassiz to Isosceles
Agassiz to Isosceles
the Palisades at sunset
the Palisades at sunset
Iso and Columbine
Iso and Columbine

Day 3:

We opted to do some additional lake sightseeing by adding a short loop of the Ruwah Lake and Chocolate Lakes trails loop with a quick easy ridge walk to the summit of Chocolate Peak 11,682' for more great views before returning to the trailhead.


final day loop hike to Chocolate Peak
final day loop hike to Chocolate Peak
Goode and Trapezoid from Chocolate Pk 11,682'
Goode and Trapezoid from Chocolate Pk 11,682'
Chocolate Lake
Chocolate Lake
Cloudripper and Picture Puzzle
Cloudripper and Picture Puzzle
another Choco Lake
another Choco Lake
Bull Lake and Hurd Peak
Bull Lake and Hurd Peak
back at Chocolate Peak
back at Chocolate Peak

A special thank you to the newlyweds for showing us the Sierras and sharing a bit of the honeymoon together!

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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 9:02 am 
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YES, my favorite area been back for the last 4 summers. Easy solitude once off the JMT and endless enchantment like lake basins. cool.gif

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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 10:29 am 
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Dusy Basin is one of my favorite places in the Sierras.  That x-country ramble to Barrett Lakes and Palisades Basin is wonderful.
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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 10:34 am 
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Dusy Basin lakes look spectacular! eek.gif

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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 12:18 pm 
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It’s always nice to see your trip reports on the Sierras and the desert. Beautiful photos of the lakes!
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Sweet!  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

Years ago when we were heading up to Bishop Pass and Dusy Basin ... a group of youngsters (20 somethings from the Bay Area) with day packs passed us. They had hired a pack train to haul up their stuff, set up camp and make their meals ... wusses.

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