Beettlebug-Anne Pass (Unofficial)

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Beettlebug-Anne Pass (Unofficial)

Post by alpinemike » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:03 pm

TITLE: Beettlebug-Anne Pass (Unofficial)

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass leads between Beetlebug Lake and Anne Lake. Can be used in conjunction with Margaret-Beetlebug Pass to connect Big Margaret to Anne Lake. It crosses a sub ridge of the Silver Divide.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2

LOCATION: John Muir Wilderness to the Northwest of Anne Lake and South of Beetlebug Lake. It is just a crossing of the ridge that divides Long Canyon from the Minnow Creek drainage. HST Map

ELEVATION: 10,990

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Sharktooth Peak & Graveyard Peak

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: This pass is technically not a low saddle or col of a ridge. It is just a crossing of the ridge that separates Anne from Beetlbug Lake. Where you cross exactly will be up to you since most of the terrain is conducive to travel. Crossing further up the ridge will only mean you have to go back down to traverse to Margaret-Beetlbug Pass or down to Beetlebug Lake. Going to low on the ridge means you'll have to gain elevation anyways to get up to the next pass, but can be helpful if you're going down to the lake. I can not comment on taking this pass down to Beetlebug Lake but I'm sure it's doable especially if you follow down the drainage from Margaret-Beetlbug Pass. It will be loose and have lots of talus. The East side of this pass from Anne Lake features grass ramps and granite slabs along with some talus. There really isn't a best way to go up this. Staying along the most gradual contours is a good bet and will get you to the spot we topped out on. There are small microcliff bands that you'll have to navigate through but none if it is too challenging. Pay attention to the fact that there are cliffs further down along the ridge that you're heading towards so obviously don't head in that direction to try and gain the ridge. If you're going West to East don't head down the ridge very far or you'll end up above the cliff bands and have to back track.
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