After mixed feedback from potential expedition members, I'm planning
on the Silver Divide from 8-16 August.
Here's the report that persuaded me: The
Silver Divide. Snowfall this year so far is below average.
For this one, we return to the starting point of the 2001 trip, Lake
Thomas Edison. We'll head north instead of South. I've not been in any
of this territory before. Here's an
orientation map. Lake Thomas Edison is to the south. And
here is a more detailed map of the entire
area.This map has a variety landmarks noted and possible
routes, but we may not follow it too precisely.
August 8: Fly from Grand Rapids to San Jose, drive
the lovely Kaiser
Pass Road to Lake Thomas Edison. We're booked at the Vermilion
August 9: Lake Thomas Edison (about 7600') to Upper
Graveyard Meadow (9600'). A packer will take the packs up to the campsite,
about 8 miles.
August 10: Layover day. Explore Graveyard Lakes. Graveyard
Peak (11,494') is a possible climb.
August 11: Over Goodale Pass (10,997') and down to
Wilbur May Lake.
August 12: Hike to Peter Pande Lake
August 13: Layover day at Peter Pande Lake.
August 14: Hike over Goodale Pass to Upper Graveyard
Meadow. Alternatively, we could go over Silver Pass. The more intrepid
among us might want to take a "short cut". Peter Pande Lake
is just over a ridge from Graveyard Lakes, and I have an email from
a chap assuring me that it is doable, though there is some talus. It's
about 8 miles by trial, two miles cross country. I'm tempted, but we'll
see how things look on the scene.
August 15: Hike back to the trailhead. (If we go over
Silver Pass, we'll use the ferry, departing at 4:45 p.m.), drive to
San Jose. We have reservations at the Homewood
August 16: Fly from San Joseto Grand Rapids.
As always, what we actually do will likely be a bit different.
Here are some reports of hikes in the area:
A recent hike
report, covering much of this ground. Check the 2003 folder.
report, including the view from Graveyard Peak.
report from some folk who changed their plans.
For those who stumble across this page through a search
engine, it's the planning page for a hiking group in Michigan. It is maintained
by Randall Bytwerk (bytw2calvin.edu
— replace the "2"
with a "@").