ROUTE 8 - Gabbot Pass Variation

Variation Description

From the end of the use trail in Second Recess, steeply ascend northeast, left of Mills Creek, and turn east above the slabs toward a small lake. Pass Lower and Upper Mills Creek Lakes, cross Gabbot Pass (12,303 ft) to the south, and descend to the east end of Lake Italy, reconnecting with the route at its western outlet. Details of the Gabbot Pass crossing of the Mono Divide are given in the Route Description for ROUTE 1. Gabbot Pass is easier and more scenic than Hilgard Pass.