Taboose Pass Trailhead
Revised 11 Jun 2012 - please send updates to the webmaster
Leave Hwy 395 about 15 miles north of Independence or 12 miles south of Big Pine, on Aberdeen Station Road (waypoint 395TAB). This waypoint is not where Taboose Creek Road hits Hwy 395 a bit further south. Drive due west, crossing Tinimaha Road (waypoint TABTIN) where there may be a bit of a northern jog and suddenly you're on Taboose Creek Road.
In 2009 the road looked freshly graded and any car could make good speed to the trailhead (waypoint TABCRK). In 1999 the road was rocky and passenger cars were barely making it to the trailhead. There are no facilities and not much traffic, but there is a nice stream to wash up in on your way out. It's a low-altitude trailhead (5400' elevation) and there's not much shade, so it's often hot. Early starts are advisable. There's plenty of water along the trail, and good campsites just above the waterfall about two thirds of the way to the pass.
FOOTNOTE: USGS maps show two trails on the west (far side) of Taboose Pass. The northern trail connections to the pass trail and the JMT have been obscured, but there are no signs indicating the old trail is closed. The new trail (which heads toward Bench Lake before turning down to the JMT) is much longer if you're headed toward Cartidge Pass or Mather Pass, and is very inefficient with up-and-down wandering that's frustrating on the way in and the way out.