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Observation Rock/North Face

Bears encountered at 5,100 snow encountered 5,800. Bottom 3/4 of ice covered by up to 8 inches of snow.

  • Thu, Sep 28, 2017 — Sun, Sep 24, 2017
  • Observation Rock/North Face
  • Climbing
  • Successful
  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Road is washboards as usual leave extra time to slow down and keep the windshield in. Trail frosty and slippery in AM starting at 5,800 feet and mostly snow the rest of the way to the summit. Permanant ice on decent is covered by 6 inch deep plunge step snow so decent is fast.

Three teams departed 0630 from TH. Trail in great condition. Encountered 2 bears at 5,100 feet. Encountered snow at 5,800 but no snowshoes or crampons needed. Trail frozen in AM. Bottom 3/4 of ice is covered by up to 8 inches of soft snow. Pickettes are useless. Snow makes for great belay platform. Should be a nice boot track to follow down now. After some sore legs and well worked out cardio we returned to TH at 2000.