thegib wrote:As you descend from Colby lake, if you just turn south and march up canyon, immediately east of Whaleback, it's all open and lovely. I camped at 10400 and loved it. Climb Whaleback while you're at it, beautiful ridge. What I remember from ascending Cunningham Ck is mosquitos, sun, and brush. Ugh. Another route, which I heartily recommend, is to more closely parallel the GWD. Head north from Colby lake, follow the creek to Talus lake, go north to Table ck and pass just west of Thunder Mtn at 12000', then descend to around 11000 on Cunningham ck. I did this (w/GF) the other direction, which I think is preferable, but still super cool. Have a great time!
peninsula wrote:Last year's effort was aborted due to an early-winter storm. I'm going to try again this year, and while in the region, I'm interested in visiting Josephine Lake. Any advice on the best approach to this lake is appreciated... it looks steep from most angles!
thegib wrote:It's easy to descend to S. Guard lake from Longley. On the Tom Harrison map it may look like a steep 4-600' section, but it's a non-issue. Did it with packs, in the rain, with trepidatious GF, two weeks ago.
finckster wrote:I recall that navigating the lower sections of Cunningham Creek was much more challenging than Longley Pass itself, but totally doable. After the tarn above South Guard Lake, I stayed high in order to get around the lake. Below that, there are two steeper sections on the way down, one near a waterfall and one just above the canyon floor. You can probably get through both of them on either side of the creek; I was on the south side for the first one and the north for the lower one, but don't know that these were the better choices.
butitsadryheat wrote:Nice trip ya got planned peninsula. I like that software you have your trip planned on too. Can't wait to see the pics when you get back. Be safe
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