AsABat's Pacific Crest Trail - California Section H
Kearsarge Pass to Taboose Pass

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In July 1999 I finished my last leg of the John Muir Trail. This trip was 40 miles which I covered in 3 days.
Here are some pictures. Click on the thumbnail for a larger picture.
Copyright 1999 and 2002 Bill Jeffrey.

Day 1: Onion Valley to Rae Lakes via Kearsarge and Glen Passes - 12 miles
Kearsarge Lakes from Kearsarge Pass Bullfrog Lake from the upper trail Charlotte Lake from the JMT Tarn south of Glen Pass switchbacks
Crossing Kearsarge Pass opens up fantastic views to the west, including the Kearsarge Lakes which have good, but popular, campsites. Bullfrog Lake was a popular campsite in the past and is now closed to camping. Charlotte Lake is a popular campsite located one mile west of and 350 feet below the John Muir Trail. There are a few small tarns between Charlotte Lake and the lakes south of Glen Pass that have camping possibilities for small groups. The larger lakes shown on the map have very poor camping.
Glen Pass from the south Rae Lakes from Glen Pass North from Glen Pass Trail heading down north side of Glen Pass
The final switchbacks up Glen Pass (northbound) look intimidating, but if you take it easy you're soon on top. The beauty of Rae Lakes is quite famous, ...as is the view from Glen Pass looking north. From the top, it's quite a drop to the lakes.
Day 2: Rae Lakes to near Twin Lakes and the Sawmill Pass Trail via Woods Creek - 11 miles
Glen Pass from the north Fin Dome from Rae Lakes campsite Rae Lakes looking south Heading north from Rae Lakes
"How's Glen Pass?" Well, it's a pass. Not easy, but very doable. This is the view from the main campsites on the short peninsula on the east side of middle Rae Lakes. They're a short distance off the trail where the sign says "Food storage box". More of Rae Lakes grandeur. Heading north from Rae Lakes.
Arrowhead Lake Arrowhead Lake Looking north towards Woods Creek The suspension bridge at Woods Crossing
The views continue heading north to Arrowhead Lake. The high country shows a lot of glacial polish. The beautiful suspension bridge at Woods Crossing.
Crossing the suspension bridge is sorta like Indiana Jones View from my campsite near Twin Lakes Deer can sure waste a lot of film. (Didn't see any bears this time.) Home sweet home
Going across the suspension bridge. Sorta like Indiana Jones but quite safe. Camp that night was 5 miles from anyone else and had spectacular views. I only saw one deer this trip - and no bears. Home sweet home.
Day 3: Twin Lakes/Sawmill Trail junction to Taboose Pass trailhead via Pinchot and Taboose Passes - 17 miles
Pinchot Pass from the south Looking south from Pinchot Pass Looking south from Pinchot Pass Looking south from Pinchot Pass
Looking at the southern side of Pinchot Pass. The trail goes up the lower ridge in the left foreground before climbing to the ridge. Looking south from Pinchot Pass
Looking north from Pinchot Pass Marjorie Lake Looking north towards Upper Basin
Looking north from Pinchot Pass Marjorie Lake Looking north towards Upper Basin
Taboose Pass from the west Looking north towards Upper Basin and Mather Pass Looking west from Taboose Pass Looking west from Taboose Pass towards Bench Lake
Taboose Pass from the west. It was just getting ready to rain (all afternoon). Looking north towards Upper Basin and Mather Pass (last year's trip). Looking west from Taboose Pass. Looking west from Taboose Pass towards Bench Lake and Arrow Peak.

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