Bishop Pass and Dusy Basin Backpack

Two weekends ago I got out on my fist backpack of 2014. Crazy! Our original plan was a simple trip from South Lake to Dusy Basin on Friday, where we would spend a day exploring before heading back out on Sunday. However, enough snow lingered on the pass that we decided to set up camp a bit short of our original goal and dayhike over it instead. I wouldn’t have wanted to post hole through the snow with my 40 lb pack.

It was a great trip with excellent fishing, jaw-dropping views, and great friends. If you’re interested in specific snow conditions over the pass on June 7, 2014, my photo album has a lot of detail. Following are some highlights of the weekend. All photos can be found here and the map with downloadable GPX is below.

Hiking by Long Lake
Hiking by Long Lake
Saddlerock Lake, Still mostly frozen
Saddlerock Lake, Still mostly frozen
Our fantastic Campsite with Bishop Pass and Mt Agassiz in the background.
Our fantastic Campsite with Bishop Pass and Mt Agassiz in the background.

Climbing up Bishop Pass with some snow:

BIshop Pass, snow route
BIshop Pass, snow route
Bishop Pass, Mt Agassiz
Bishop Pass, Mt Agassiz

Then we dropped into the spectacular Dusy Basin:

Dusy Basin
Dusy Basin
Dusy Basin, Palisades
Dusy Basin, Palisades

Sunset view from my tent:

View from camp below Bishop Pass
View from camp below Bishop Pass
Total distance: 14.16 mi
Max elevation: 11975 ft
Min elevation: 9770 ft
Total climbing: 3757 ft
Total descent: -3720 ft
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Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd

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  • Petesthousandpeaks Ptp

    Nice to see it again for 2014! In 1971, I passed through doing the Muir Trail, from South Lake to Whitney Portal. Been there several times, and love to be back with someone. Agassiz 2X, Goode, and even Chocolate Peak 3X last fall. Doubt if I’d ever climb much again, the way it’s been going, though!

  • Joe

    Any mosquito activity?

    • calipidder

      None when we were there, but I think we got in just early enough. I imagine they are starting up pretty good by now.

  • Jim Jarvis

    Magnificent, Rebecca! I haven’t been there yet. I just have to make it soon. Wowza! JimJ

  • http://www.plutoniclove.com Maia

    Thanks for the beta! I headed there a couple weeks after you posted and your info was really helpful.