Silliman Pass, Cloud Canyon, and Lion Lake 2016

Upper Cloud Canyon to Lion Lake

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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A fairly tough day today getting over Lion Lake Pass.  The route we took stayed on the west side of the river all the way up, at times we almost got "cliffed out" and went through some dicey sections that I would call class 3 despite this being a class 2 pass.  This was in the last "step" before the small tarn that is just north of the pass.  We came to this tarn from above.  I believe the better route is probably to stay much closer to the river.  The large permanent snow fields shown on this (old) map are no longer there, there were only a couple of very small snow fields.  Glacier Lake, which is actually higher than Lion Lake Pass, was never visible to us.  Got my first pictures/videos of pikas near our campsite.

Journal Entry:  Bit of thunder and more rain, brief hail yesterday.  Cleared out early evening.  Got started today about 8:30.  Lots of talus and some challenges up to Lion Lake Pass—we didn’t pick a very good route.  Should have gone up the middle to the tarn below the pass.  Got to the pass about 11:30—spent an hour there.  Dropped down to Lion Lake, traversed talus on the north shore, and found a campsite in trees overlooking the valley below.  Best weather in a few days—no rain and just white clouds.  Tomorrow we head down to Tamarack Lake.

Lion Lake Pass ahead

view down canyon

lots of talus toward the pass

talus and view back to Whaleback

view down canyon

looking over Whaleback, Mt. Brewer in center

view down canyon, U-shaped valley

small tarn below Triple Divide Peak (pass is off right side)

small tarn with pass above it

view north from the pass

view south fromt he pass, Lion Lake on right
Black Kaweah is the distant peak in the center

Lion Rock over Lion Lake

Steve and Ron on Lion Lake Pass

Lion Rock over Lion Lake

Lion Rock over Lion Lake

Lion Lake from its northeast shore

Lion Lake, looking east

view toward Lion Lake's outlet

Lion Lake looking east

view down the valley, Tamarack Lake in center

campsite west of Lion Lake overlooking valley

pika near our campsite

Triple Divide Peak in alpenglow

Lion Rock in alpenglow


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