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Townsend Mountain (Barclay Lake Trail)

Beautiful day, but we turned around. Partly due to one member with slow pace, partly due to wet, slippery rock encountered on slabs at 4600-4900'.
Perhaps mid-June is not good time for this peak. South face was nearly snow-free, but there was still plenty water running across the slabs from snowmelt. The meltwater had been running across the slabs for an extensive time, and super slippery moss was growing in the water. As we approached 4900', almost every location on the slabs had moss, and it was becoming hazardous.
The climbers trail between Barclay Lake and Eagle Lake was snow-free the entire way until reaching Eagle Creek Valley. Eagle Creek was easily crossed at the lake outlet; no sandals needed.

 

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