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PostFri Aug 27, 2021 2:43 pm 
Upper Wildcat Lake on Wednesday, August 25.   WTA says it's 17 miles round trip. Some maps/books seem to say less.  But it was plenty long.  I did it to see if I could do it in a day.

I've been to Gem Lake and environs a number of times, but it's been awhile and I conveniently forgot how rocky and rooty that trail is and how much of a roller coaster it is in places.  It was definitely exhausting--several times over and by the time I was hiking out by headlamp was wondering if I had been unwise to attempt it.  Maybe so.  There were moments of beauty for sure.  I had a few really sweet trail interactions that kind of made the day.  Some nice people out there.  I really should drink more water.  I only carried about 2.5 liters and was too driven to stop and pump some. It's a miracle I didn't twist an ankle.  Many parts of the Snow Lake/Gem Lake trail were giant stone steps.  Other parts were cliffy.  The trail from Gem down towards Lower Wildcat was pretty nice until the talus crossing.  ~z

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PostFri Aug 27, 2021 9:58 pm 
zephyr wrote:
There were moments of beauty for sure.

I hiked to Gem Lake at the end of June this year and everything was covered in snow starting from the ridge before Snow Lake. It was a VERY cool experience. I've been there once before and the summer and it definitely felt more unique in the winter. I didn't see any humans or footprints beyond Snow Lake either. Seems like a better early-season option to avoid the crowds & dogpoop bags.



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PostSun Aug 29, 2021 5:23 pm 
Status quo on the last mile of road.   rolleyes.gif  Easy enough for a Forester, just pick your line.  Busy as usual; Lots of people doing the loop.  No arachnids nor other bugs.  up.gif ...And it's still a wonderful place... to go find a secluded spot and take a nap. yawn.gif

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PostTue Aug 31, 2021 2:51 pm 
Get Out and Go wrote:
No arachnids nor other bugs.

Any chihuahuas?

The Brothers on Saturday.  Fun route, tons of berries, slightly hazy views.


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PostWed Sep 01, 2021 2:50 pm 
Thanks to awilsondc's excellent report from late July I won't spam Cadet Peak with a new report, but we climbed up there on Sunday. Excellent views, and temps were not so hot as to make the grind up to the summit overly arduous. I can confirm the ascent route is STEEP.

This late in the season there was no snow, but that did mean crossing the blown out gully was a little tricky over loose rock. I'm not very fond of loose, steep scree, so I found the traverse to the gendarme to also be a little exciting. The one class 3 step was easy by comparison. We met one other person, who also summited the north peak. We were very happy to have ridden our bikes to Monte Cristo, else it would have been pretty close to dark by the time we got back to the cars.

More cars than I've ever seen at Barlow Pass when we departed at 9 AM in the morning; I assume they were all in Gothic Basin since we did not see many other people along the road, in Monte Cristo, or in Glacier Basin.

I've now been to Glacier Basin three times, and it is definitely one of my favorite places in the Cascades: rugged cliffs, waterfalls, and verdant undergrowth.

Blown out gully
Blown out gully
Looking down the N Fk Sauk
Looking down the N Fk Sauk
Cairn at the step
Cairn at the step
View North
View North
Twentyfive Mile fire
Twentyfive Mile fire
Rugged N side of Kyes (Nason Fire in back left)
Rugged N side of Kyes (Nason Fire in back left)
Dry looking Glacier
Dry looking Glacier
3 summit parties this weekend
3 summit parties this weekend
Huge waterfall in Pride Basin
Huge waterfall in Pride Basin
Bear Scat in Glacier Basin
Bear Scat in Glacier Basin
Late flowers
Late flowers

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PostWed Sep 01, 2021 4:07 pm 
Finally made it back to Ashland lakes to try and fish today after several years and it was a disappointment. The lake previously had some kind of vegetation growing up from the bottom but only around the edges. Now the entire lake (swamp) is nearly covered with them. There was no sign of any fish activity AT ALL, there used to be a good population of plump brookies and some decent sized cutts. There was however plenty of recent beaver activity and the lake is actually higher than it was. There was a rock I used to walk to on the north end of the lower lake to launch my raft from, now it's nearly under water (beaver dam?).

The good....the trail is in great shape and totally clear, there is now a porta potty at both the upper and lower lakes, new steel fire rings with cooking grates, all new trail and other signage. Plus a brand new bridge made out of some type of composite material, from what a recall the wooden bridge was perfectly fine.

The road is in horrible shape right from the start, seems the money would have been better spend on repairing that? But at least I have little reason to go down that road, except maybe to visit Island lake or the 'Tubs.

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PostWed Sep 01, 2021 4:39 pm 
BeardoMcGrath wrote:
More cars than I've ever seen at Barlow Pass when we departed at 9 AM in the morning; I assume they were all in Gothic Basin since we did not see many other people along the road, in Monte Cristo, or in Glacier Basin.

I've now been to Glacier Basin three times, and it is definitely one of my favorite places in the Cascades: rugged cliffs, waterfalls, and verdant undergrowth.

Pretty sure that social media has made Gothic basin a zoo, probably eventually they will be herding toward Glacier. I have only been up there once, need to get back.

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PostThu Sep 02, 2021 3:16 pm 
Chief Joseph wrote:
BeardoMcGrath wrote:
More cars than I've ever seen at Barlow Pass when we departed at 9 AM in the morning; I assume they were all in Gothic Basin since we did not see many other people along the road, in Monte Cristo, or in Glacier Basin.

I've now been to Glacier Basin three times, and it is definitely one of my favorite places in the Cascades: rugged cliffs, waterfalls, and verdant undergrowth.

Pretty sure that social media has made Gothic basin a zoo, probably eventually they will be herding toward Glacier. I have only been up there once, need to get back.

At least there is no lake in Glacier Basin! That always seems to attract folks, I assume Twin Lakes and Silver Lake nearby remain more popular.

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PostFri Sep 03, 2021 10:42 pm 
neek wrote:
Get Out and Go wrote:
No arachnids nor other bugs.

Any chihuahuas?

I see what you did there  dizzy.gif

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PostSat Sep 04, 2021 11:03 pm 
First volcano summit in the bag! All Iíve read said that Mt. Adams is best done with snow but Iím impatient and didnít want to wait until next year. Iím sure there have been enough Adams TRs but these snow-free conditions seem less common (in the pastÖ). Done as a long day hike. Late season reports describe the climb up Pikers Peak as ďlooseĒ but there has to be a better word for that miserable terrain. I couldnít help but imagine how fun it would have been to glissade over every ankle-twisting step on the way back down. The landscape up above it was worth the suffering though, with some unique views that you might not get otherwise with snow cover.

Down low the melting glaciers revealed some cool features.
Down low the melting glaciers revealed some cool features.
I donít have the experience yet to judge on my own whether this was safe terrain, and thus I probably shouldnít have gone up it. It was a fun break from clawing my way up the scree and ash though.
I donít have the experience yet to judge on my own whether this was safe terrain, and thus I probably shouldnít have gone up it. It was a fun break from clawing my way up the scree and ash though.
Hardly any snow to be had above lunch counter.
Hardly any snow to be had above lunch counter.
The only mandatory snow/ice travel on the entire journey was here before the top.
The only mandatory snow/ice travel on the entire journey was here before the top.
Iíve seen older reports where people stood on top of this. I wouldnít want to try now.
Iíve seen older reports where people stood on top of this. I wouldnít want to try now.
Rainier from near the summit marker.
Rainier from near the summit marker.

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PostSun Sep 05, 2021 8:30 am 
That is remarkable. I assume the structure was originally built on bare ground but I've never seen it completely snow free. I took this shot from The Indian Heaven Wilderness a couple weeks ago and thought Adams looked dry.


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PostSun Sep 05, 2021 9:31 am 
Thanks for the beta on Adams, I am considering it for next weekend. I assume you didn't need an ice axe or traction given the limited snow travel? How long did it take you? How was the wind?

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PostSun Sep 05, 2021 12:32 pm 
zimmertr wrote:
Thanks for the beta on Adams, I am considering it for next weekend. I assume you didn't need an ice axe or traction given the limited snow travel? How long did it take you? How was the wind?

I used my ice axe and crampons for that gratuitous snow climb in the vertical pano but you can (probably should) just go around it which would make them totally unnecessary. It also puts you off route and prolongs the scree torture. The snow before the summit was dead flat and pretty grippy.

It took me ~14.5hrs, started at 6am and was back at the car around 8:30pm. Iím in mediocre shape so maybe take this as an upper limit.

The wind was fine, the forecast was for up to 20mph at the summit but I donít think it was anywhere near that. I didnít feel the need to put on any of my insulated or wind layers, but best to bring them anyway.

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PostMon Sep 06, 2021 10:07 pm 
Went up Fryingpan Glacier (near Little Tahoma) yesterday. Absolutely beautiful day and the glacier was really something - melted down to glacial ice, lots of running water and very open crevasses. Nominally this trip was to tag Whitman Crest, but we stopped ~700 vertical feet short due to rockfall. After a summer of cancelled trips I was just happy to set foot on a glacier (my first ever!)


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PostWed Sep 08, 2021 3:27 pm 
My nephew and I went into a ltitle gem last week.  He'd never been there before.  He really loved it.

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