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PostSun Jun 26, 2022 9:14 pm 
Mount Shuksan via Sulphide Glacier 6/24-25 with the Mountaineers

view to the east when you pop over the ridge
view to the east when you pop over the ridge
view of Shuksan from camp
view of Shuksan from camp
Baker from camp
Baker from camp
tried melting snow this way just for fun - I could get about 1L per hour.
tried melting snow this way just for fun - I could get about 1L per hour.
Didn't encounter any crevasses or sagging on Sulphide
Didn't encounter any crevasses or sagging on Sulphide
Vancouver!
Vancouver!
spectacular sunrise
spectacular sunrise
some nice alpenglow
some nice alpenglow
forgot to take a closer picture of the summit pyramid, but it was very snowy with tons of wet loose debris at the bottom with these huge channels that I think had been carved out by the debris
forgot to take a closer picture of the summit pyramid, but it was very snowy with tons of wet loose debris at the bottom with these huge channels that I think had been carved out by the debris
climbing between the channels on the upper pyramid. great snow for kicking steps (or using the steps already kicked in)
climbing between the channels on the upper pyramid. great snow for kicking steps (or using the steps already kicked in)
summit view!
summit view!
back down the glacier. snow was getting really sloppy at this point and we were postholing mid-shin with each step
back down the glacier. snow was getting really sloppy at this point and we were postholing mid-shin with each step
easy hike out on soft snow. tons of new debris between camp and the NCNP boundary that weren't there the day before (particularly on the east-facing slopes)
easy hike out on soft snow. tons of new debris between camp and the NCNP boundary that weren't there the day before (particularly on the east-facing slopes)

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PostMon Jun 27, 2022 2:07 am 
Nice post. We probably went by each other at some point. I like the water melting technique. Here’s a little closer shot of Shuksan from the 25th


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PostMon Jun 27, 2022 9:04 am 
Turned off the freeway for the short hike up (down?) to Peoh Point. After hitting a couple of nearby peaks, I walked up from the gate. Bird's eye view of Cle Elum and the valley. Quite a few ORV driving maniacs speeding around blind curves on the drive up. I almost bagged one of them. Duh!


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PostMon Jun 27, 2022 9:27 am 
The Yellow Aster Butte area is still very snowy. Solid snow from about 4500 ft upwards and the tarns are still frozen. Only a few of them beginning to melt through now. I found 2 small melted campsites but otherwise all camping is on snow right now.


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PostMon Jun 27, 2022 5:42 pm 
RossJames wrote:

thanks for this! it was a beautiful day to be up there!

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PostWed Jun 29, 2022 6:34 am 
6/23-26 Snow camped in Glacier Basin for two nights and climbed Cadet & Monte Cristo Peak. Stunning area in prime conditions. Snow encountered around 4500' and was melting away incredibly fast.


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PostSun Jul 10, 2022 8:15 pm 
My wife and I took a lazy hike today. We hiked into Little 3 Creeks Lake, tucked up under McCarther Rim about 15 miles south of Sisters, Oregon. We drove to 3 Creeks Lake and left at the end of the road that goes along the north edge of the lake. It is an easy 1.5 +- hike to our destination. Several things struck us as strange. The road up turns to Forest Service several miles south of Sisters and is paved until about 4 or 5 miles short of the lake. The road doesn't look like it has been maintained for years. Some potholes have been filled but many serious ones still lurk. After the road turns to gravel it really goes downhill maintenance wise. The road is partly gravel, cinders, dirt and exposed rock. Again, it hasn't seen a grader or fresh gravel or cinders in years. Two of the newer concrete potties were both locked. We finally found an old wooden pit toilet still open, because it couldn't be locked. When we got to the trail head, there was no evidence of where the trail began. We have hiked this trail for years with kids and grandkids and we still had to debate as to where the trail began, Like I mentioned we have been up to and camped and hiked there for years. The hike to the top of McCarther rim is spectacular and was evident by the number of cars and people camped around the lake. I don't understand why such a popular spot gets so little attention. Is it lack money or are they trying to discourage people from going there in order to reduce the pressure?


We have had friends turn around because of the road conditions. Have any of you found similar situations in some of the more popular destinations?

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PostSun Jul 10, 2022 8:53 pm 
puzzlr wrote:
Fedor - it looks like you went up staying away from the creek bed but on the way down stayed closer to it. Which was better? I've thought about exploring up this way. What caused you to turn around where you did - steepness? time? something else?

Most of all, any photos? Your route up passed by the toe of a big 2009 landslide in that area.

Route on Google Earth vs 2009 landslide
Route on Google Earth vs 2009 landslide

Puzzlr, I would say the way down was more efficient when I veered west following a dry stream bed, I would recommend following that as much as possible. After I crossed to the west side of Gifford Creek further down, the route was terrible. My route up featured some massive boulders that you were forced to work your way around and more mature forest than I found on the lower west side of the creek. I had some pretty scary postholing on the way down in the dark forest. Much prefer postholing in soft, forgiving snow. The rocks were very loose in the gully above the slide alder. My first time in a scree field. Not too bad ascending, but much more challenging and slow descending. My headlamp's batteries ran out and I didn't have my spare. Luckily I had barely made it down to the overgrown road, where my cell phone flashlight was sufficient for the two hour brush bash that laid ahead of me.

Steepness, wetness, and lack of veggie belays forced me to turn around at ~3600'. I stubbornly tried and tried to get up for awhile. I honestly think I was two or three moves away from solid veggie belays and probably gaining that ridge. It seemed like there were only a few little trickles flowing. Just enough water to make that section too challenging for me. If the tiny streams do indeed dry out, I think that route could definitely be viable. It's an impressive area. Quite a rugged gully.

In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't make it higher. It would probably have been dangerous down climbing that in the dark. Starting the hike after 3PM was certainly a major mistake. As was wearing shorts and a t-shirt! The salmonberry bushes along Gifford Creek Road really scratched me up. I felt so naive. Good learning experience. My phone camera struggles with anything less than ideal lighting, so my photos aren't up to NWHikers standards.

Hopefully you find some of that somewhat helpful. Thanks for the overlay picture of my route. Thanks for your inspiring trip reports as well.

https://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8035660 for reference. https://caltopo.com/t/6H7L0UVG8B

Gifford Creek approach to Russian Butte.

Surprisingly, the blowdowns were never a bother along the road. I quickly de-limbed a couple of them.
Surprisingly, the blowdowns were never a bother along the road. I quickly de-limbed a couple of them.
Got down to Gifford Creek here, a bit hard to figure out on my way back.
Got down to Gifford Creek here, a bit hard to figure out on my way back.
Maybe some of the 2009 landslide area?
Maybe some of the 2009 landslide area?
I dropped down here to avoid rocks. Made me realize I had been on unnecessarily steep terrain.
I dropped down here to avoid rocks. Made me realize I had been on unnecessarily steep terrain.
Turn around point, wetter/steeper than it looks.
Turn around point, wetter/steeper than it looks.
Dreading what lies below as darkness falls.
Dreading what lies below as darkness falls.

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PostTue Jul 12, 2022 11:02 pm 
Thanks for the more detailed report and all the photos. That's a rare place to be so the photos are more special. I'm not sure I have the energy to tackle that area anymore, but I enjoyed seeing what you saw. What is that last photo? It look organic and big.

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PostWed Jul 13, 2022 9:41 am 

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PostThu Jul 14, 2022 8:30 am 
Launched myself on a hike up the Upper Mad River.   frown.gif

The road to Maverick Saddle is in rough shape, with one boulder on the road - with a sheer drop off - that would be a real challenge for a dualie.

The Upper Mad River trail is in great shape and logged out, right up until it isn't.  We made it to the Jimmy Creek junction across the river just fine, and maybe a mile farther.  From that point, we entered an area that apparently saw a derecho type event.  About half the trees were down, many of them in epic, impassible snarls.  We made it probably less than 1/4 mile before bailing.  We flailed a bit trying to get back out to the trail, having lost the squirm route we took getting there.

Even with a lot of cutting having already been done, it will take a lot more work to restore this trail.

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PostThu Jul 14, 2022 4:26 pm 
Hiked Frog Mountain on Wednesday. Parked at Jack's Pass, but otherwise the trail is done. Just walk the road and look for the trail in the gravel pit (just a few feet up the road, heading the same direction as the road). Trail is in good shape. No snow except for a tiny patch up above. You may find snow (for your beer, etc.) by continuing east from the top (through the brush) for a little ways, otherwise it is dry.

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PostThu Jul 14, 2022 5:13 pm 
one worker, two foremen
one worker, two foremen

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PostThu Jul 14, 2022 6:36 pm 
puzzlr wrote:
Thanks for the more detailed report and all the photos. That's a rare place to be so the photos are more special. I'm not sure I have the energy to tackle that area anymore, but I enjoyed seeing what you saw. What is that last photo? It look organic and big.

I don't like being turned away, it really seems to stick in my craw. So I think I'll give it another go with an earlier start time. Possibly a machete as well. I'd like to seek out some more of those rare places and novel approaches that are close to home. The last picture is a large, fresh scat that looked like it contained fir needles and hair. Not sure what animal produced that.

I made it up Revolution Peak a few days ago and don't think I want to go that way to Russian Butte. Took the long talus field south of Zorro Point up, then ran the easy ridge to Thompson. Swarming flies were bad there, couldn't relax. The ridge up to Revolution went surprisingly quickly. Horrible mistake dropping off of the ridge trying to traverse to the lower short spur road below Thompson on the way back. Much prefer the fun ridge to that. GPS track: https://caltopo.com/t/92HVJ5B6LS


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PostFri Jul 15, 2022 4:58 pm 
dkemp wrote:
one worker, two foremen
one worker, two foremen

Hey dkemp.  Looks like a beautiful day up there.  Is this boulder sitting on the access road or part of the trail?  Are you able to drive up all the way to the TH?  Sure looks like the road is blocked.

And how was the lingering snowfield on the other side?  Were you able to make it to the true summit?  I recall snow being quite heavy up there the time I went (years ago).  Ice axes were useful crossing the snow too.  There was a long run out.    ~z

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