Mt. Gabb and Bear Lakes 1999

Feather Pass

Monday, August 23, 1999

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Merriam Lake

Between Merriam & La Salle Lakes

Feather Pass is between the right two peaks, Feather Peak is the rightmost peak

Rain let up last night and clouds mostly gone by 8-9pm.  Much drying out this morning.  One other party is camped across the creek.  Today’s weather started much the same as yesterday’s, with clouds appearing early in the morning and building.  We kept expecting another thunderstorm, but it never developed.  Just a few sprinkles.  Made good time past Merriam and LaSalle Lakes, short sections of steep uphill intermixed with rock scrambling.  Made Feather Pass (12,400 ft) just before noon.  Very windy but great views!  Down past Bear Paw and Ursa Lakes, typical high alpine lakes--no trees at all.  Looked for a camp site but there was nothing really good, plus Ron wanted to continue to Black Bear Lake.  That’s were we’re now camped, on a ledge far above the lake.  Tomorrow’s goal is Lake Italy--should be relatively easy.


Looking back from below La Salle Lake

La Salle Lake from below Feather Pass


Feather Peak from the Pass

Steve and Ron at Feather Pass

Jagged Feather Peak


Feather Pass from the north (near Bearpaw Lake)

Ursa Lake

Bearpaw Lake


campsite on ledge above Black Bear Lake

Seven Gables (mountain) at sunset


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