Buck Creek #789,Phelps Creek #1511,Suiattle Pass #1279
Jul 21, 2008
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
I did a loop up Buck Creek Pass, Middle Ridge to Suiattle Pass, to Cloudy Pass, Lyman Basin, over Spider Gap, down and out Spider Meadows/Phelps Creek. Punched through a snow bridge just before Buck Creek Pass. Saw a sow and cubs on Middle Ridge trail just below Buck Creek Pass. Bugs were horrid from Suiattle Pass to above Upper Lyman. Worst bugs I've encountered in the Cascades. Some snow, poor snow bridges, and rocks to negotiate between Suiattle Pass and Cloudy Pass. Upper Lyman is melted out. Spider Gap was in good shape at mid-day; easy going but I would reccomend carrying 'pons if going early in the day. Snow ends right at the top of the switchbacks dropping down to Spider Meadows. Phelps Creek/Spider Meadows snow free to base of Spider Glacier. Trails are all in good shape except for some minor blow downs which are easily negotiated, and a few snow patches.
Link to Trip Report with pics: http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7968607&highlight=