ROUTE 1 - Hilgard Pass Variation

Variation Description

From the end of the use trail beyond Gab02, cross Mill Creek, directly ascend Second Recess to the southeast, and cross Hilgard Pass (12,480 ft) to the south, rejoining the loop at the Lake Italy outlet. Details of the Hilgard Pass crossing of the Mono Divide are given in the Route Description for ROUTE 8. Hilgard Pass is considerably more challenging and condition dependent than Gabbot Pass.