The Center for Wilderness Studies program utilized many east side Sierra passes to reach the back country. These east facing gates to the interior are steep and rugged; but hikers gain elevation quickly - as long as they pace themselves. The major passes we used in the 1980's and 90's; south to north: Olancha, Sheperd, Kearsarge, Baxter, Sawmill, and Taboose.
High Sierra
Trekking the Trails