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Tamarack Lake Area  


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Location: 36.5822, -118.567 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: fossana on Jul 16, 2013
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Mt Stewart and Tamarack Lake from the approach to ...

Description 

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 to be surprisingly good for a rarely climbed backcountry area.

Amenities
  • 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.

Red Tape
  • 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.

Getting There 

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

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.9 miles from here

1 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tamarack Lake Area:
Saber Ridge traverse, south to north   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 20 pitches   Saber Ridge
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Featured Route For Tamarack Lake Area
view to the south with the Prism on the right

Saber Ridge traverse, south to north 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : ... : Saber Ridge
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

Photos of Tamarack Lake Area Slideshow Add Photo
start (the first 11 miles are on the High Sierra trail)
start (the first 11 miles are on the High Sierra t...
Lone Pine Creek
Lone Pine Creek
HST flora
HST flora
Prism (center) and Saber Ridge (behind) on the approach
Prism (center) and Saber Ridge (behind) on the app...
Epipactis gigantea (stream orchid)
Epipactis gigantea (stream orchid)
Castilleja sp. (Indian paintbrush)
Castilleja sp. (Indian paintbrush)
more HST flowers
more HST flowers
Mt Stewart (left) and Valhalla in evening light
Mt Stewart (left) and Valhalla in evening light

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By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jul 29, 2013
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.
By fossana
From: Bishop, CA
Nov 13, 2013
Thanks, J. I can't agree with you more on what an amazing place it is. I feel like I have only scratched the surface after 15+ years of climbing there.