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Horn Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Prism, The 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
Saber Ridge 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
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Description [Edit]

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 [Edit]

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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Classic Climbing Routes at Tamarack Lake Area

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Saber Ridge traverse, south to north
Trad, Alpine 20 pitches
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Saber Ridge traverse, south… Saber Ridge
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 20 pitches
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J. Albers
Colorado
J. Albers   Colorado
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. Jul 29, 2013
fossana
leeds, ut
fossana   leeds, ut
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. Nov 13, 2013

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