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Robinson Canyon, Hoover Wilderness

Robinson Canyon

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Two

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Robinson Canyon, Hoover Wilderness
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Slide Mountain Glacier

Slide Canyon Glacial Remnant
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Seven

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Slide Mountain Glacier
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Slide Canyon, Piute Creek, North Yosemite Backcountry

Slide Canyon, Piute Creek
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Seven

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Slide Canyon, Piute Creek, North Yosemite Backcountry
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Burro Pass Sunset

Burro Pass Sunset
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Six

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Burro Pass Sunset
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Burro Pass Lakes

Burro Pass Lakes
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Six

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Burro Pass Lakes
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Sawtooth Range Campsite

Sawtooth Campsite near Burro Pass
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Six

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Sawtooth Range Campsite
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Upper Matterhorn Canyon Approaching Burro Pass

Upper Matterhorn Canyon approaching Burro Pass
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Six

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Upper Matterhorn Canyon Approaching Burro Pass
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Smedberg Lake in the North Yosemite Backcountry

Smedberg Lake, North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Four

 

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Smedberg Lake in the North Yosemite Backcountry
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Sawtooth Crestline from Burro Pass

Burro Pass
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Six

 

Sawtooth Crestline of the Sierra Crest in the North Yosemite Backcountry from Burro Pass.

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Sawtooth Crestline from Burro Pass
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Upper Matterhorn Canyon, North Yosemite

Upper Matterhorn Canyon
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Six

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Upper Matterhorn Canyon, North Yosemite
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Sawtooth Range between Yosemite & Hoover Wilderness

Sawtooth Crest approaching Burro Pass
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Six

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Sawtooth Range between Yosemite & Hoover Wilderness
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Matterhorn Canyon Ford

Matterhorn Canyon Ford & Campsite
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Five

 

 

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Matterhorn Canyon Ford
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Smedberg Lake Sunset

Smedberg Lake Sunset
North Yosemite Backcountry

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Four

 

Trail Guide

Map

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

 

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Seavy Pass to Smedberg Lake
via
Bensen Lake

Smedberg Lake Sunset
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Sunrise at the Southern Pond in Seavy Pass

Sunrise on Southern Pond in Seavy Pass

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Three

 

Sunrise at the Southern Seavy Pass Pond is one of the most beautiful conjunctions of times and places we can come up with in the whole High Sierra. The terrain and the ponds in the mountain-channel Seavy Pass runs through are incredible all the time, but the scene lights up at sunrise.

Here our hike on the Bensen Lake Loop has joined us up with the combined routes of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails across the North Yosemite Backcountry.

 

Trail Guide

Map
Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

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Approaching the South Pond

Sunrise at the Southern Pond in Seavy Pass
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Southern Pond in Seavey Pass

Northeast Corner of Southern Pond in Seavy Pass

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Three

 

Trail Guide

Map

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

 

Page

Seavy Pass to Smedberg Lake
via
Bensen Lake

Southern Pond in Seavey Pass
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Looking Down into Upper Kerrick Canyon from Rock Island Pass

At the Top of Kerrick Canyon
Under
Rock Island Pass

 

The broad and gentle descending expanse of Upper Kerrick Canyon streches out below Rock Island Pass's 10,160 feet as we cross the Sierra Crestline passing out of this sliver of the Hoover Wilderness' narrow slot of terrain.
We are crossing over from the precipitous climb that brought us up the sheer East Flank of the Sierra, now crossing over into what looks like the much more expansive terrain of the North Yosemite Backcountry. But these initial gentle looks down the gentle expanse of Upper Kerrick Canyon are quite deceiving.

Insane Terrain
The terrain that sits below us, below this gentle expanse of Upper Kerrick Canyon, can be well-described as following the folds of an insane accordion's bellows, up and down and up and down and...

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Three

 

10,160 feet

 

Related

Rock Island Pass Yosemite Miles Sign

 

Trail Guide

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Map

Looking Down into Upper Kerrick Canyon from Rock Island Pass
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Rock Island Pass Yosemite Miles Sign

Rock Island Pass

Into the North Yosemite Backcountry

Yosemite Miles Sign at Boundary between Hoover and Yosemite Wilderness

 

Rock Island Pass at 10160 feet at the Top of the Hoover Wilderness sports a trail mileage sign at our entry into the North Yosemite Backcountry.

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Three

 

10,160 feet 

 

Trail Information
The next trail mileage sign we will encounter is where our route down Upper Kerrick Canyon on our Twin Lakes Loop route joins the combined Southbound routes of the PCT & TYT, at the junction where the PCT & TYT cut South out of Kerrick Canyon to cross Seavy Pass.

OMG Beauty
Seavy Pass is atypical for a High Sierra mountain pass. Once we make our final climb into this unique bowl, the pass itself is nondescript.

Rock Island Pass Yosemite Miles Sign
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Rock Island Pass Yosemite Boundary Sign

Rock Island Pass
Yosemite Trail Boundary Sign
Marking Boundary between Hoover and Yosemite Wilderness

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Three

10,160 feet

Rock Island Pass at 10160 feet at the Top of the Hoover Wilderness sports a, "classic," Yosemite Boundary Sign at our entry into the North Yosemite Backcountry.

Trail Information
The next trail boundary sign like the one above is where our route over Bond Pass on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail brings us into the top of Jack Main Canyon in the most Northwestern Corner of Yosemit National Park. That's a couple of hiking days North of our current position. Check out the trail guide here;

Bond Pass

This map, combined with the maps covering the Twin Lakes Loop, can give us a pretty good idea about the composition of the North Yosemite Backcountry, as it all feeds the:

Rock Island Pass Yosemite Boundary Sign
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Rock Island Pass between Hoover and Yosemite Wilderness

Rock Island Pass, linking Hoover and Yosemite Wilderness

 

Rock Island Pass at 10160 feet at the Top of the Hoover Wilderness is our entry into the North Yosemite Backcountry.

 

From
Ted Morton's

Trip Report
July 14 – 21, 2018
Bensen Lake Loop
Day Three

 

 

10,160 feet

 

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Rock Island Pass between Hoover and Yosemite Wilderness

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