Most people know this trail as the route to So-bahli-ahli Mountain summit. So-bahli-ahli mountain is that dominating peak near Darrington. Most reports I have seen for the summit are from around May time and I can see why - there is A LOT of brush on this trail.
The road to the deactivated bridge is bumpy and muddy, but very short. Me and Cookie started a bit late, but this rainy day there were no other cars. We walked through very wet forest on the road for about a mile and found the trailhead, with the sign and even the register. The sign said trail is not maintained for stock. Well, for an official forest service trail this trail is quite a bit more of a route than a trail. After first few switchbacks it ditches the idea of switchbacks completely and just goes up. Definitely one of the steepest and brushiest trails I know.
Lone tree pass is a bit of misnomer as there are quite a few trees there.
After lone tree pass the trail goes down and starts a long sidehilling traverse towards high pass. A week ago this area received nice dumping of snow, but than the rain fell on top of it and melted most of the snow. This created an interesting effect, where all the grass became flat over the slope and very wet. It was super slippery.
Eventually we got to high pass. From there it is only 0.4 miles left to the summit, but I could make out crevasses on the glacier and with thin wet layer of slippery snow on it and no visibility I decided it was not wise to continue past high pass. I am chicken this way. Cookie wanted to continue, but I carry all the food, so I convinced her going back down is a better choice.
Wow! This climb is high on my list and I know it's a tough one. I bet I would have turned around at the same place if not before. I always thought this was one to tackle in the spring with perfect conditions.
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