South Fork Trail dry up to patchy snow near creek. Patchy snow to the Dry Lake drainage, then more consistent but melting fast. Winter trail still there; lot less snow than few weeks ago.
Cross country to Grinnel mix of snow and burnout. Many tree snags. Snow was all nicely consolidated; only spot spikes were used was ascending a steeper snow slope.
We came back along the ridge then angled down to pick up the now dry trail switchbacks. One was more shaded/had heavy ice, so we downclimbed to the next one; the rest were dry. The switchbacks did have several snags.
Beautiful sunny, warm day with sporadic light breezes. Great day; saw barely anyone down low and had most of the mountain to ourselves!
This topic was modified 9 months, 4 weeks ago by hiker girl.
Thanks for the latest conditions update, Hiker Girl. Seems like a nice, alternative loop route. If you climbed N-NE up to the ridge directly from DL outlet instead of heading N up the easier ridge out of Fish Creek Camp–right on, that looks steep, side-hilly and kinda grueling (judging by those topo contours)!
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