Black Kaweah approach map from Mineral King
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The most expedient routes to Black Kaweah (and Big Arroyo destinations in general) proceed from Mineral King over Glacier Pass and into Little Five Lakes Basin. Secor frowns upon Hands-and-Knees Pass, but he only describes going over HAN Pass from Cyclamen Lake. The route from Spring Lake is direct, fast, and involves none of the nasty steep-slab traverses noted by Secor. The route over Black Rock Pass is longer and has more elevation gain, although less cross-country.