I think that is the gnarliest mile I have ever seen.
Hey Leor - I noticed that you descended around the North East corner of upper Canyon Creek Lake. It looked like that was all vertical cliffs in a sheer drop into the water. Did you go in the lake, or did you somehow traverse above? I wanted to go up the gully towards Ell lake, and about half-way up the gully cross the low saddle towards Emerald and Sapphire lakes - but the route looked impassible. Of course, everything was under lots-a snow (I sank to my armpits in some drifts). Wondering how it was for you on that side of the lake.
Next time.....go from the Klamath side via Grizzly Lake. You won't be disappointed.
Nicolas, I hope to visit Grizzly Lake and falls soon, but not from the Klamath side.
Brain, you go up and over the small cliff that drops into the lake. The route to "Kalmia Pass" from the south is fairly straightforward cross country on granite slabs and meadow benches. Descending from "Kalmia Pass" north to Mirror Lake and Sapphire Lake is more complex. Obviously, unconsolidated snow makes things complicated.