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Goodale Pass Trail #28E20

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A long, winding, challenging hike up to the of Goodale Pass deep in the heart of Sierra National Forest.


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9.4

Miles

15.1

KM

Point to Point

10,946' 3,336 m

High

7,714' 2,351 m

Low

3,464' 1,056 m

Up

644' 196 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Hot Spring · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Check in with the local Ranger Station before hitting the trail if you plan on going in early spring because of the high elevations.

Description

This trail starts out on the western end of Lake Thomas Edison by Vermillion Valley Resort at approximately 7,200'. It follows the lake for a couple miles until it abruptly cuts to the north over the first of many ridgelines. Once over the hill, you essentially follow the Cold Creek (pun intended if traveling in early spring) watershed all the way up until you reach Goodale Pass (which is right next to Silver Pass and the famous JMT).

At about the halfway point, you reach the junction with Graveyard Lakes, another phenomenal destination in this zone that can be reached in a day if you start early enough. Goodale Pass is just under 11,000' feet in elevation so make sure you are well-hydrated and in shape, because the last stretch before you reach the top gets fairly steep (still doable even with 5-6 feet of snow on the ground).

Once you reach the top, you are essentially free to choose from a number of high alpine lakes in the area including: Chief Lake, Lake of the Lone Indian, Warrior Lake, and Squaw Lake. These lakes are all within a couple miles of one another and very easy to get to (even with snow on the ground).

From the top of Goodale Pass, the trail continues for a couple of miles until it meets the JMT/PCT trails.

Flora & Fauna

Standard Sierra National Forest flora & fauna.

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Shared By:

Willie Virgen

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Just before Goodale Pass.
Sep 12, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
The Nightsky from near the top of Goodale Pass
Nov 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Lake of the Lone Indian.
Nov 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Almost to the top of Goodale Pass
Nov 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
The hike up Goodale Pass right after the crazy winter of 2016-2017.
Nov 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA

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Nov 12, 2018
Rigobert
Graveyard basin to Peter Pande lake, back via Goodale pass 16mi