Gilbert Goode Tour
- Exciting mountain terrain with four steep passes (up to 40-45 degrees)
- 24 miles in 4 days
- Cumulative gain, loss: +7300', -7900' (mileage and stats do not include peak excursions)
- Avg. Relief: 600'/mile
- Topos: Mt. Goddard (15'); Mt. Darwin, Mt. Thompson, North Palisade (7.5')
This tour is notable for both its very steep passes (all
four passes are at least briefly steeper than 40 degrees)
and its extraordinary scenery. It starts at Lake Sabrina,
and ends just 10 road miles away at South Lake. This tour is
nice and high (average elevation 10600'), and probably best
done in late spring. I recommend doing the tour in a
north-to-south direction, in order to tackle the steepest
stuff going uphill instead of downhill.
Start up the trail from Lake Sabrina to Blue Lake, and
onward to Moonlight Lake. Camp here or lower the first
night unless you are already well acclimatized. Then
proceed upward to Echo Lake and up and over Echo Col
(see upper photo; stay right, towards Clyde Spires).
Drop down to the lake on the other side. From that lake,
go east over a moderately steep ridge line, and then continue
east, traversing around the south side of Mt. Gilbert at around
11200'. There are good camp spots at 11200' before this traverse,
or at around 11600' after the traverse, near the base of Gilbert's
(very enjoyably skiable) southeast slope.
Menno ascending the east side of Echo Col
The ridge that drops southward from Mt. Johnson's southwest side
is probably the most challenging slope on the
tour. We were glad to have both ice axe and crampons for the
short steep finger of snow (visible in the
upper-left corner of the lower photo on this page)
that we used to ascend the ridge.
From there, enjoy a fun descent down the other side. Then,
turn left and ascend eastward up the canyon that leads up to the pretty
steep Goode Col. It's a great ski run down from there into the
valley east of Bishop Pass, following the trail route down to
the South Lake trailhead.
Bob on the slopes of Mt. Gilbert; we got up Johnson Ridge via that finger of snow
in the upper left
An account of our 7/98 Gilbert Goode trip, plus more photos.
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