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Jake Robinson
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PostMon Apr 15, 2019 11:17 pm 
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With uncertainty over road conditions this early in the season, we decided to do Hoodoo as a two day trip and anticipated a long road walk. We were able to drive bare road until 2700', leaving about 5.5 miles of road walking to the Libby Lake Trailhead. The lower half of the road walk was mostly snow free, and the upper half was mostly slush (snowshoes were very helpful to avoid postholing), but there were intermittent  patches of dirt all  the way to the trailhead. Overall the road walk wasn't as bad as we had expected!

The road near where we parked
The road near where we parked
Lots of the lower road was bare
Lots of the lower road was bare
Libby Lake Trailhead
Libby Lake Trailhead

Soon after the trailhead the snow disappeared, and the first mile of trail was almost completely melted out. We donned snowshoes at 5200' and took them off again at around 5800' where the trail traverses a large patch of recently burned forest. This section was completely melted out and was a mess of blowdown; it's going to be quite a project to get this all cleaned up.

Putting the snowshoes to good use
Putting the snowshoes to good use
Bare trail at ~5000'
Bare trail at ~5000'
Wilderness boundary
Wilderness boundary
Blowdown city
Blowdown city

Above the burned area conditions quickly became very winter-like. We broke trail to a nice camp at 7300', following the tracks of a skier who had been there earlier that day.

Setting up the tent in a snow squall
Setting up the tent in a snow squall

Monday morning we headed straight up to Hoodoo's S ridge, and scrambled boulders/kicked steps to the summit. We enjoyed beautiful clear views for a while until clouds started building, then headed down to camp. Our exit hike was in intermittent snow showers. Overall this was a fun trip, and I'd say this is a pretty good time to visit the Chelan Sawtooths if you don't mind a little road walking. It's beautiful up there in the snow.

Hoodoo in the morning
Hoodoo in the morning
Climbing steep slopes to Hoodoo's S ridge
Climbing steep slopes to Hoodoo's S ridge
Raven Ridge across the valley
Raven Ridge across the valley
Up
Up
Final ridge to the top
Final ridge to the top
Star, Courtney, Buttermilk Ridge, Oval
Star, Courtney, Buttermilk Ridge, Oval
Hoodoo summit
Hoodoo summit
On the summit
On the summit
Heading down
Heading down
In the burned section again
In the burned section again
Fire retardant?
Fire retardant?
Our snowshoes took a beating this trip
Our snowshoes took a beating this trip
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Midnight Slogger
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PostTue Apr 16, 2019 4:26 am 
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Great spring ascent! Thanks for the beta. How many top 100's you got left?
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PostTue Apr 16, 2019 4:01 pm 
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Thanks a bunch for the area conditions update.  nice job getting #97  up.gif

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PostTue Apr 16, 2019 10:12 pm 
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We were right on with that summit weather window! Here are a couple photos from my collection.
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PostWed Apr 17, 2019 8:42 pm 
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Nice job bagging that one with this weather we've been having.  Getting close Jake!  Nice photos, thanks for adding yours Bluebird!   up.gif  up.gif
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PostFri Apr 19, 2019 5:23 am 
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Sweet trip yall! Damn Jake you are gettin close!  cheers.gif

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