There are a few brushy areas along the PCT, but otherwise it's received a lot of early-season maintenance. McGregor Mountain trail also is in great shape, with very little brush and fewer than five blowdowns, which all are easy step-overs. You can scramble for water lower down, but the trail does hit the creek gully at 5525'. There is a snowed-in crossing of the gully at 5800'.
Stehekin River valley and lower Bridge Creek already are very hot in the early afternoon (at least upper 80s).
|Brush along the PCT; trail is straight ahead|
|Indian Paintbrush and Lupine|
|Great suspension bridge over Maple Creek (eight miles south of Highway 20)|
|From 3700' on McGregor; Tolo, Seven Sisters, Junction, Heather and Sisi ridges (zoom of Agnes below)|
|Looking up toward the summit of McGregor, center-left; I could actually see the radio repeater from here|
|The avalanche gully at 5800'|
|Pano looking SW from 5800' on McGregor|
|Agnes (left), in front of Gunsight and the large Chikamin Glacier of Sinister and Dome, both in the clouds|
|Park Creek Ridge (l) and the glaciers of Buckner, in the clouds|
|Bowan Mountain and Pass, on my return in the afternoon|