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Shepherd Pass inquiry

Postby bobby49 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:02 pm

Does anybody have any up-to-date trail information about Shepherd Pass? Specifically, I am interested in whether there is much of a snow field on the headwall near the top. I could bring microspikes and an ice axe if necessary, but I would much prefer to leave that weight behind. I expect to be there in the fourth week of July. I've been over most of the east side passes, but most of them are not quite so steep at the top so that snow is held.



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Re: Shepherd Pass inquiry

Postby rightstar76 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:32 am

Bobby49, I saw this on Shepherd Pass on another forum. I hope it helps.
http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=102663#Post102663
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Re: Shepherd Pass inquiry

Postby bobby49 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:51 am

That is certainly on-subject, but I have no idea where the Shepherd Pass fire is located. There isn't much to burn right at Shepherd Pass.
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Re: Shepherd Pass inquiry

Postby bobby49 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:10 am

Now I see that the fire is between the Shepherd Pass Trailhead and Whitney Portal, down low in the access roads. Hopefully Cal Fire will knock that out quickly.
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Re: Shepherd Pass inquiry

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:37 am

Shepherd Pass Trail is closed on till further notice.
viewtopic.php?f=34&t=18250&p=137573#p137573

PS Will re-open this evening. :)
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Re: Shepherd Pass inquiry

Postby bobby49 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:21 pm

From my view from Google Earth, Shepherd Pass is difficult to see. If you are in Independence or closer to the trailhead, it is blocked from view. If you got northeast of Independence, maybe toward Mazourka Canyon, then it might be visible.

Before I start up there, I might want to look at the snow patch at the pass with a telescope.
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Re: Shepherd Pass inquiry

Postby ironmike » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:52 pm

bobby49 wrote:From my view from Google Earth, Shepherd Pass is difficult to see. If you are in Independence or closer to the trailhead, it is blocked from view. If you got northeast of Independence, maybe toward Mazourka Canyon, then it might be visible.

Before I start up there, I might want to look at the snow patch at the pass with a telescope.


The pass is definitely visible from south of Independence on the highway
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Re: Shepherd Pass inquiry

Postby bobby49 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:15 pm

Are you looking up Symmes Creek, or looking up Shepherd Creek? From where is this visible? Along 395? It seems like if you are in Independence, you can't see over the ridge between Symmes Creek and Shepherd Creek. If you are too far south, then you can't "see around the corner" of the curve of Shepherd Creek.
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Re: Shepherd Pass inquiry

Postby ironmike » Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:21 am

Slightly south of Independence but north of Manzanar on 395, there is a brief moment where you can peer over the ridge separating the Symmes and Shepherd Creek drainages and see the actual pass.

The long lingering snow field below the east side of the pass is an easy to spot visual cue.
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