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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.
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
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Saber Ridge traverse, south to north 5.7 5a 15 V+ 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
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