Prism (center) and Saber Ridge (behind) on the app...
I first learned about the area from an AAJ writeup by Brandon Thau detailing several new lines on the Prism and the intriguing Saber Ridge. Guarded by a lengthy approach, it's unlikely you'll encounter a soul once you leave the High Sierra Trail. I found the rock quality is surprisingly good for a rarely climbed, backcountry area.
Number of water sources along the way even in July of a drought year.
Established campsites along the HST have bear boxes.
Bearpaw Meadows hosts a ranger station and High Sierra camp.
Backcountry permits are required for overnight travel.
As of July 2013 trailhead access by shuttle only late May to early Sep from 9am to 6pm. Check the NPS site for the latest update.
Bear restrictions in place. Please use the bear boxes.
From the Crescent Meadows trailhead take the long, mostly flat western terminus of the High Sierra Trail to Bearpaw Meadow (11.3 miles). Leave the HST and take the left signed dusty uphill trail toward Elizabeth Pass and Tamarack Lake (2.2 miles). The trail is overgrown, but for your trouble you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Valhalla. Head north on a short connector toward Elizabeth Pass/Tamarack Lake. At the Elizabeth Pass split continue on toward Tamarack Lake to the destination of your choice. ~15 miles to the area
Being a ridge traverse there are many ways to go on some sections. Choose you own adventure. I found the most sustained part to be surmounting the first headwall.In relation to something like Matthes, it's longer, more sustained and more exposed....[more]Browse More Classics in CA
Nice entry Fossana. Wow, even though I know that the Sierra is jam-packed with an endless supply of truly amazing granite, every time I see sets of pictures like your's I am still dumbfounded. What an amazing place.