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Chatter Creek, Icicle Ridge

Central Cascades

Trip Report By

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Hiked Jul 4, 2019

Type of Hike

Multi-night backpack

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition

Road

Road suitable for all vehicles

Bugs

Bugs were an annoyance

Snow

Intermittent snow - not hard to cross

Hiked up the Chatter Creek trail over the holiday weekend and spent two nights camped at Upper Florence Lake, making a side trip out to Snowgrass Mountain. The Chatter Creek trail is in good shape with only 1-2 blowdown trees that are easily passed. Snow-free to the ridgeline. Bugs were pretty bad in the lower sections but less annoying higher up where it was breezy.

Snow patches dropping down the backside and going over to Lake Edna but not difficult to cross. Pay attention to route-finding as it does obscure the trail. Lake Edna is melted out with some snowfields in the lower areas. Only one small snowpatch going past Cape Horn that is easily negotiated. From there the Icicle Ridge trail is snowfree until the drop down to Lake Mary. There is about a 50ft snowslope to cross where a slip would lead to a long slide. This will probably melt in a week or two. Poles and good foot wear were helpful.

Bugs were sometimes quite annoying, especially when the wind would die down. Flowers are blooming and will be especially nice in 2-3 weeks.

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Comments

Loren Drummond on Chatter Creek, Icicle Ridge

Great report. Awesome photos. Thanks! Sounds like a great trip.

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Loren Drummond on Jul 08, 2019 10:35 AM