Sierra Nevada - Kings Canyon National Park - Taboose Pass 1975
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On August 23-24, 1975, myself and Paul Durantine backpacked over Taboose Pass on a 23 mile round trip exploration up to 11,500'.

Paul came up from Long Beach Friday and we left Lone Pine on Saturday about 6 and were on the trail for Taboose Pass about 7:30 a.m. starting from 5400 feet with a steep trail. It was about four miles to the first water, then water stops at reasonable intervals.

We stopped for an hour lunch at about 9200' at third creek crossing near a waterfall. A pack train caught us here but they were having trouble with some horses (pooped out) and we passed them shortly.

We finally topped Taboose Pass about 3:30 in a strong cool wind and left quickly to camp about a mile down the west side in the first trees. The pass is 9 miles from the roadhead so we made 10 miles Saturday. Nice campsite with great views of Bench Lake and Arrow Peak and surrounding mountains.

Sunday we hiked over to the Muir Trail at the Bench Lake trail junction and then came back to two lakes at about 11,500 above our camp, and back to camp for lunch. We left about 12:30 and topped the Taboose Pass about 1, then on down the rocky trail to the car about 6 or so. It was a great trip.

Mather Pass and Palisades from near Bench Lake - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Mather Pass and Palisades from near Bench Lake
Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Mather Pass and Palisades from near Bench Lake - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Mather Pass and Palisades from near Bench Lake
Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975

Cardinal Mountain from near Bench Lake - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Cardinal Mountain from near Bench Lake - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Marmot at John Muir Trail - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Marmot at John Muir Trail - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975

Marmot at John Muir Trail - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Marmot at John Muir Trail - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Marmot at John Muir Trail - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Marmot at John Muir Trail - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975

Marmot at John Muir Trail - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975
Marmot at John Muir Trail - Kings Canyon National Park 24 Aug 1975