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PostTue May 10, 2016 9:09 am 
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Schreibers meadow is one of my favored haunts: I use it on overnight hikes  to sharpen up my conditioning and get an idea of what the snow is doing at any particular time.  It is different every time.

I had checked the wells creek Snotel and thus for the north side of Baker at 4,000" there was 2 feet of snow.  I could see that the snow level on the ridges to the north and south of Hiway 20 was about 4,000 feet.  Since The Schreibers meadow TH is at 3,300', I figure it was good for a little while of snow free trail and then snow for a 1000' up to Railroad Grade.

I was wrong- there was snow well short of the parking lot and after 15 minutes of walking , there was 2-5 feet of snow at the parking lot - it was consolidated but soft.  I was thinking I should have brought my X-C skiis - the rolling meadows of S. Meadows were a perfect place to do kick and glide, and not so good for walking.

This too was wrong; good for a day trip, but I was overnighting- and there was a cold breeze blowing and damp coming down the drainage: causing heavy dew, and a shell of ice on my quilt by morning. And the snow was crampon snow - hard and icey.  I never fell but it took some tending - all the ski tracks were treacherous, and skiing on bumpy ice would have been out of the question.

( Last year in Feb., I had gone here and in what I would have considered the exactly same conditions.  Except that an 1-2" of fresh snow had fallen and frozen.  IT WAS LIKE WALKING ON VELVET! over the years I have experience a lot of snow conditions, but never this.  What a delight!)

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PostTue May 10, 2016 9:33 am 
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As of yesterday, there was still snow cover  starting about 2000 feet shy of the trailhead, but there were enough snow-free areas around Rock Creek to challenge skiers who prefer to keep  skis on feet as much as possible while getting up toward the toe of the Easton.  It was a very pretty day with lots  of blue to the south and chiaroscuro animating across the upper mountain all day.

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Skiers also have the  option of taking the Scott Paul trail in a more direct line up toward the upper glacial slopes, but the forest down low was quite the maze of micro knife  edge ridges, downed trees, bare patches, etc. and I suspect we'd have found that route to  be more trying than our  escapades around lower Rock Creek.
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PostWed May 11, 2016 8:26 pm 
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Here are a few images from our Rock Creek venture that day
https://www.flickr.com/photos/11723786@N06/albums/72157668286946125
We were aiming for Park Butte but we got a late start....there was less snow at lower elevations than we were visualizing... crazy.gif
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