The trail head to Shepherd Pass begins at 6,000 feet at the foot of Symmes Creek Canyon.
You climb steeply out of Symmes Creek Canyon and reach a flat area on the ridge between Shepherd Creek Canyon. This is the only place to camp if you reach here late in the afternoon.
You then drop down several hundred feet in to Shepherd Creek Canyon before you begin the ascent to Anvil Camp
Above Anvil Camp you climb through boulder fields until you pass the Pothole
At last your reach the pass. You are now at 12,000 feet and are ready to pass through the gates in to the heart of the sierra
Before you rises Mt. Tyndall (14,000 ft) and behind and to your left soars Mt. Williamson (14,200 ft.)
From the pass, with Mt. Tyndall to your right and Diamond Mesa in front of you, on your right, the Great Western Divide and Kern Canyon before you, you begin the easy, downhill stroll through this most amazing sierra scene called Tyndall Creek Basin.
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