I'm looking for a backpacking loop in the Palisades. I came across this old article in Backpacker magazine: https://www.backpacker.com/trips/kings- ... palisades/
The route given goes over 5 passes, and includes quite specific waypoints:
Location: 37.171055, -118.566041
Location: 37.084074, -118.54321
Location: 37.095269, -118.525074
Location: 37.087614, -118.491978
Location: 37.120388, -118.534222
So, I started making maps and HOLY LEVITATION BATMAN, the contours on these passes are Squished. I mean, really squished! According to my own look at caltopo, a moderate one of these has like 2.6:1 slopes, or 53-74 deg. Is this completely insane for anyone wearing a pack unroped, except for maybe Honnold? Or am I being a wimp and not considering the micro-terrain? Or maybe I mis-measured?
***Anyone who has any experience with any of these passes - any beta would be much appreciated.
I recall the "gray wall" near Tahoe to be improbable looking, but very doable with sections with a slope of 0.55. 4X this just seems nuts.
At the end of the Backpacker article it says: "Editor’s Note: Our author hasn’t hiked this trip. "
Anyone who knows of a nice loop that could be done in only 4-5 days, well, that would also be much appreciated.