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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 7:03 am 
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Has anyone been up Old Snowy lately?  Wondering if it's melted out yet and curious about general conditions in the Goat Rocks.  Likely too early for wildflowers?

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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 7:39 am 
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Haven't been up there this year but I'll be looking at it from the shoulder of Devil's Horn this weekend.
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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 4:09 pm 
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The SnoTel station at Pigtail Peak 5800 ft was snow free on June 16 2019.
Old Snowy 7930 ft        Mt Curtis Gilbert 8184    Goat Lake 6400 ft 
Probably snow patches on Old Snowy.  Flowers should be abundant in the Snow Grass flats and Goat Lake area.  Looking at the SnoTel snow reports it appears that the Pigtail Peak went snow free about 5 weeks earlier than average.  With reference to Devil's Horn, the "Conrad" name on Conrad glacier, Conrad Meadows, etc. was from a pioneer Conrad family in the Yakima area.  Les Conrad had cattle in the USFS alpine areas in the Tieton watershed during the summer and later Les was a Yakima County Commissioner.  Les's son Dick Conrad has an orchard on the east side of the Columbia river near the White Bluffs (north of Tri-Cities).
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PostThu Jul 04, 2019 3:54 pm 
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I was on Gilbert Peak last Saturday the 30th. Hereís the view from the summit looking towards Old Snowy. https://i.imgur.com/sYZmoF0.jpg

This is mainly showing the north side of the ridge though, looking into the basins to the SW looked much less snowy.

There were some flower blooms in the meadows but they werenít massive - not sure if itís a timing issue or where we just happened to be.
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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 9:50 am 
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Thanks for all the beta!  We spent the day out there yesterday and I can verify most of the above - there were snow patches on the approach to Old Snowy from the Flats but nothing that presented any obstacle.  The ridge and scramble itself were both snow-free.  And there were barely any flowers blooming at Snowgrass Flats.  We're probably another three weeks out from peak wildflower season in that area.

Also, Goat Lake is still completely frozen over, so no flowers there yet.
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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 6:20 pm 
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Well I see I'm too late, and it shows the wrong side of the mountain, but because I mentioned it above, here's Old Snowy from the ridge between Tieton Peak and Devil's Horn (5 July 2019):
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 8:28 am 
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Moose wrote:
Thanks for all the beta!  We spent the day out there yesterday and I can verify most of the above - there were snow patches on the approach to Old Snowy from the Flats but nothing that presented any obstacle.  The ridge and scramble itself were both snow-free.  And there were barely any flowers blooming at Snowgrass Flats.  We're probably another three weeks out from peak wildflower season in that area.

Also, Goat Lake is still completely frozen over, so no flowers there yet.

Moose - How were the bugs?

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PostTue Jul 09, 2019 6:13 am 
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SteeperColder wrote:
Moose - How were the bugs?

Bugs were really bad at the TH and in the trees but thankfully disappeared once we got to Snowgrass Flat; however, we passed several people heading down that said the bugs had been terrible at the Flat when they'd been camping overnight...
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