ROUTE 5 - Shout-of-Relief Pass

Cross country over the Silver Divide by Shout-of-Relief Pass and return via the Goodale Pass trail.

Upper Graveyard Meadow.
View southwest from Goodale Pass.
Papoose Lake on the climb to Goodale Pass.
Shout-of-Relief Pass from the northwest.
Red Slate Mountain to the northeast on the descent.
Bighorn Lake and Mt. Izaak Walton from the Silver Divide.
Descent route to the northwest.
View south from the pass to the Mono Divide.
Traverse the ridge to Shout-of-Relief Pass.
Bighorn Pass from the Rosy Finch Lake outlet.
Cross the creek below the Rosy Finch Lake outlet.
Low angle slabs above Mott Lake.
Climb the notch above Mott Lake.
View southwest from the upper Mott Lake trail.
Mott Lake trailhead.

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Route Description

Route 5 Data TableThis is another cross country route over the Silver Divide, this time by Shout-of-Relief Pass, returning by the trail over Goodale Pass. It's a 25 mile, three day loop.

This loop has the same start as the Gabbot Pass trip. See ROUTE 1 for information on trailhead access, backcountry permits, and the Vermillion Valley Resort ferry service on Lake Thomas A Edison.

From the east ferry landing, head east to pick up the JMT northbound, cross the North Fork Mono Creek, and take the left fork toward Silver Pass where the trail splits (the right fork goes to Mono Pass). Continue along the North Fork until turning right at the sign to Mott Lake marker 1.

The Mott Lake trail is unmaintained, but in better shape than some supposedly maintained trails. The trail follows the North Fork, crossing to the north side at about one third the distance to the lake. marker 2 shows a view back to the southwest in the trail's upper reaches. The trail ends at Mott Lake. Circle the lake to the south and head for the notch behind and above it marker 3.

Keeping right of the creek, follow it northeast and north over easy low angle slabs marker 4. There are plenty of good bivouac opportunities here.

At the head of the valley, angle up right on easy slabs, Class 1, crossing the creek just below the Rosy Finch Lake outlet marker 5. [For future use, the Rosy Finch Lake outlet gives a good view of Bighorn Pass across the lake marker 6, which provides access to the Laurel Creek drainage.] After crossing the creek, angle up left on a wide grassy "avenue," turning right onto a second one to cross the ridge above the lake, all Class 1. After crossing the ridge, rather than descending to the small lake below, traverse the right side of the ridge all the way to the pass, which is Class 2 with some exposure marker 7.

The view south from Shout-of-Relief Pass (11,390 ft) over Rosy Finch Lake is impressive, and the Mono Divide in the background (with Recess Peak center) actually looks like a divide from here marker 8. The descent to the northwest passes many small lakes; the largest visible in the right middle ground is Tully Lake marker 9. While on the crest of the Silver Divide, check out Bighorn Lake and Mt. Izaak Walton to the west marker 10.

The initial descent from the pass is Class 2 (and may be over snow), but most of the route out is over easy Class 1 slabs. Red Slate Mountain rises prominently to the northeast marker 11, and a view back shows the pass (small snow patch on the crest center) from the northwest side marker 12. In the vicinity of Cotton Lake, head north to intersect the McGee Pass trail.

Take the McGee Pass trail east past Horse Heaven (large meadow) to Tully Hole where it joins/becomes the JMT southbound. Follow the JMT toward Silver Pass. Note that there are not a lot of good bivouac opportunities, at least that USFS would like you to use, once you leave Fish Creek until you arrive at the various "Indian" lakes. At the marked intersection, take the right fork toward Goodale Pass. (As an alternative, and to shorten the loop, keep left toward Silver Pass and return on the JMT to the Lake Edison east ferry landing.) The trail climbs steeply from Papoose Lake marker 13 to Goodale Pass.

Goodale Pass (11,001 ft) gives an expansive view of the descent toward the west shore of Lake Edison marker 14. The well-travelled trail passes Upper Graveyard Meadow marker 15 and Graveyard Meadow - apparently sheepherding used to be a high stakes occupation that could get one killed. The remainder of the trail to Lake Edison and the Mono Creek trailhead has a number of intersections, all well marked.