Jul 04, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
The trail follows the former road FS6066 but it is not unpleasant. It passes several washouts which is why the trailhead is back at the junction. Trees shade the route while the floor is blanketed with flowers, ferns, and miner's lettuce. After one switchback the road ends at a large logjam where logging crews apparently dumped their load. From here a very nice trail leads up to the ridgeline saddle which is completely covered in snow. There are twigs and branches from the trailhead to here but only 3 easy to cross blowdowns.
To proceed, find the rotted puncheon sticking out of the snow directy across the snow field from the end of the trail. Go straight up from here to reconnect with the trail about 200 feet up. When the snow melts, I will get up here again to find the inbetween trail parts. The trail can be followed through intermittent snowbanks for a ways, then becomes completely salt & pepper trackless snow. We climbed directly up from here another maybe 200 ft. gain to the shoulder of the summit.
Here is a wonderful winter wonderland. Undulating hills covered with 6' of snow invite exploration. The 2003 Mountaineers book speaks of an east summit with wonderful views but we did not find it. We enjoyed peekaboo views of Glacier Peak and playing in the snow and then found our way back down.
Note: There are very fresh signs of bear clawing on the trees and fresh scat.