Trail is in good shape up to the lower basin where the trail stays to the right of the lowest snow. Fresh rock-mud slides make it more stable to just take the snow field up the basin and then traverse over to the couloir leading up to Headlee Pass. The couloir is steep and still has significant snow; ice axe definitely required. Beyond Headlee the trail contours (mostly snow free) then is all snow up to the lake and beyond to the summit, but never as steep as below Headlee Pass. Fun glissading down from the summit to lake in just a few minutes.
First climb for me in some time...
|Greg making the log bridges look like hot coals|
|Turning the corner to head up toward the basin|
|About halfway up the basin; Dickerman and Twin Peaks in the back|
|Steve leading up to the couloir and Headlee Pass; steeper than it looks|
|Greg calls it a day in the upper basin and waits for us|
|Vesper from Headlee Pass|
|Sperry Peak (r), Vesper Lake, Vesper Peak directly above Steve|
|Summit pano, north (l) to south (r) looking east|
|Any guesses? ~4" long; higher contrast just for better viewing. Wolverine?|