Three Fingers — Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2010
Got an early start up the Three Fingers lookout trail on a wonderful day. The onshore flow kept temperatures reasonable and a steady breeze helped as well! There were NO blowdowns the entire trail! Pretty amazing...thanks to the volunteers who made the effort to clear the trail. A little brushy the first 1/2 mile but the trail was always visible. Not as much mud as usual, but big boots are recommended because there is plenty of water on the trail in places...and of course the tread is full of rocks and roots so heel support is a must. There was ZERO snow until reaching Goat Flats...hard to believe considering all the snow up above! The trail was about 60% snow covered on the way up to Tin Can Gap...pretty soft and melting fast. There was a good boot track so no route-finding issues. The snow crossings after Tin Can Gap were another story. There were three very steep ones...the second one was particularly dicey because there wasn't as much run-off. Ice Axe required. Snow was soft enough so I didn't feel the need for crampons. A glorious 360 degree view from the summit...it's just amazing what you can see from up there. Pretty hazy today and more clouds than there have been the last couple of days...but you get it ALL. Rainier to Olympic to Baker/Shuksan, North Cascades, Dome Peak, even Bonanza Peak, Glacier Peak and of course the Mountain Loop Highway peaks and the Monte Cristo Group. There were 12 people total on the trail today besides me. See you next summer, Three Fingers!