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Cyclopath
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PostSun Mar 28, 2021 9:13 am 
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I want to share an update on conditions, because North is a spectacular view peak. You enjoy Whitehorse most of the way up, then the real prize is the lookout where Sloan, Pugh, White Chuck, and the whole gang are in your face.

The road is plowed until about 6 miles from the summit.  It's muddy and there are some potholes, but it's doable in a low clearance vehicle.  It's a slow road, plan to take about 45 minutes from Darrington.

The snow is about a foot deep where it begins and maybe 3-4 feet at the top. It's soft, wet snow, not ideal for skiing, but not terrible and your don't have to take your skis off until the lookout tower.  The summit is about 4k.

We saw a single party all day, a group of teleporting snowshoe monsters (like from Devil's Pass).  Their snowshoe prints began abruptly from nowhere.  After a mile or two of was untouched snow the rest of the way up.

We left tracks.
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kitya
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PostSun Mar 28, 2021 10:16 am 
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I went on the snowy/rainy day back in early March, but instead of driving the long road, I started on the mountain bike "out of the blue" that starts down low at around 900'. Since it had lots of blowdowns and snow, there were no other bikers or hikers. We also saw a deer in the forest and lots of deer poop. Cookie even ate some deer poop. While lots of forest is logged, the bike trail avoids most of clear cuts and roads and goes through reasonably pretty second growth forest. It makes it a nice easy and safe snowshoe in winter and involves a lot less driving than continuing up the main road. No views until the summit though, because it is all through the forest.
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