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Tamarack Lake Area

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Description

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

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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Prism Time, Saber Ridge Traverse, Shield and Sword
[Hide Photo] Prism Time, Saber Ridge Traverse, Shield and Sword
Prism (center) and Saber Ridge (behind) on the approach
[Hide Photo] Prism (center) and Saber Ridge (behind) on the approach
Deep Spring conditions. Mount Stewart towering. Gil on the slabs of Saber Ridge
[Hide Photo] Deep Spring conditions. Mount Stewart towering. Gil on the slabs of Saber Ridge
Saber Ridge about to lose it's light. Gil, a few miles from the lake.
[Hide Photo] Saber Ridge about to lose it's light. Gil, a few miles from the lake.
While Hamilton Lake continues to steal the show, Tamarack Lake will be chillin. check out that waterfall..
[Hide Photo] While Hamilton Lake continues to steal the show, Tamarack Lake will be chillin. check out that waterfall..
Saber Ridge (center) then the Prism just left and low. Horn Peak above The Prism.
[Hide Photo] Saber Ridge (center) then the Prism just left and low. Horn Peak above The Prism.
start (the first 11 miles are on the High Sierra trail)
[Hide Photo] start (the first 11 miles are on the High Sierra trail)
Tamarack lake area
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"Crimson columbine"
[Hide Photo] Tamarack lake area "Crimson columbine"
Mt Stewart and Tamarack Lake from the approach to the Prism/Saber Ridge
[Hide Photo] Mt Stewart and Tamarack Lake from the approach to the Prism/Saber Ridge
Castilleja sp. (Indian paintbrush)
[Hide Photo] Castilleja sp. (Indian paintbrush)
Lone Pine Creek
[Hide Photo] Lone Pine Creek
more HST flowers
[Hide Photo] more HST flowers

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

J. Albers
Colorado
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] 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