Day 2: The Kings-Kaweah Divide

3 June 2022
Pear Lake to Tablelands Pass then Kings-Kaweah Divide to Crescent Lake
(12 miles, +3,000/-2,800 feet).

Wow!

I mean, wow.

Today was one of those days that I have been looking forward to for a very long time. I always knew I would love doing cross-country through the Tablelands after the snow melts, but this is the first time I actually got to do it.

Wow.

As a teaser, Pear Lake was in perfect form this morning.

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ChiaGlyph admires the view
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Reflection shot!

Yesterday I scraped my knee pretty badly, but it seems to be doing okay today.

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Um, I guess?
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Pear Lake continuing to impress
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Western Wallflower

After breakfast we packed up and headed over a saddle northwest of Pear Lake. It was much easier than it looked from afar.

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Not bad!
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Nutall’s sandwort
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Spreading phlox
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Frosted buckwheat
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Dwarf Hesperochiron

After dropping from the saddle on the other side, we followed the Marble Fork upstream towards Table Meadows.

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Crossing the outlet from Table Meadows

We took a break at a lake south of Table Meadows and then climbed above it on our way towards Tablelands Pass.

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Lake due south of Table Meadows
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And from above
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Dwarf Lewisia
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Subalpine Fleabane
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Sierra Shooting Star
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The Tablelands
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Occasional snow fields, easy peasey
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Last chance for flowing water below the pass

Out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw yet another marmot (they are everywhere up here!) but it was actually a huge rabbit!

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White-tailed Jackrabbit

At Tablelands Pass there is a big beautiful tarn.

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Tablelands Pass

And on the other side there is a view of Big Bird Peak and the lakes above Big Bird Lake.

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Big Bird basin

We took a lunch break and then started following the Kings-Kaweah Divide.

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Making our way northwest along the Kings-Kaweah Divide
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Lake 10,559
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Dwarf Lupine
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A Listrus insect on Club-Moss Ivesia
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Easy cross country
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Looking back down the Divide

ChiaGlyph seemed particularly jazzed when the Divide got steeper on the northern side. He would find high points to look down on the depths below. I never got quite as close to the edge, but the view was still amazing.

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A high point
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Lakes 10783 and 10315 below a cornice
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An extremely impressive, unnamed spire between Ferguson and Sugarloaf Creeks
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That’s ChiaGlyph in the far upper right
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Cliffs above East Fork Sugarloaf Creek
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View south towards Alta Peak from 11,462T, our high point for the day
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Soaking it all in
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Gorgeous suncups

When we got to the saddle between South Fork and East Fork Sugarloaf Creek, we had to decide which drainage to head down. There were still some impressive snowfields in the East Fork that could make travel a bit sketchy, so we headed for the South Fork and Crescent Lake.

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South Fork Sugarloaf basin
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Tarns above Crescent Lake
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A cool line of foxtail pines

It was just a little tricky getting over to Crescent Lake. ChiaGlyph found a class 2 route, but I had to do one little class 3 move right at the end.

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Crescent Lake
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Aaaaahhhhh

It’s a bit of climbing up and down to get along the rocks of the northern shore of Crescent Lake, but it’s worth it to get to some spots to camp on the west side. So nice!

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Dinner with a view

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Dude you rock

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. LauriEssss says:

    What a beautiful hike

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