Starting from Colonial Creek campground, relevant trail conditions are:
- Thunder Creek: all fine, some tiny patches of booted in snow/ice.
- Fourth of July Pass and Panther Creek: snow free up to FoJ Camp, then solid snow (2-3') all the way until the bridge over Panther Creek, with patches continuing until the climb. Light-to-moderate route finding is required.
- Happy Panther: quite a bit of large branch and tree blowdown (some old, but a lot new). Also three trail semi-washouts that are easy to pass, but the rocks are icy and frozen together.
Special shout-out to Jessie from Seattle Mountain Running Group; who knew there would be another trail runner out there (especially one that's seen my blog)?! Hope you had a good run up Thunder Creek!
|Thunder Creek (always amused by how monstrous North Cascade creeks are)|
|East ridge to Snowfield Peak|
|Tricouni (l) and Primus peaks|
|Fourth of July Camp|
|Fourth of July Pass area|
|Fourth of July Pass: swamp trail with snow?|
|The wood equivalent of cairns; route finding through Fourth of July Pass|
|Upper Panther Creek SNOTEL|
|Heavy frost in open areas|
|Panther Creek and Crater Mountain|
|Falls near Panther Camp|
|The closed section of 20 between Panther Creek and Happy Panther/East Bank TH|
|Near washout on Happy Panther (one of three)|
|Jack Mountain over Ross Reservoir; similar to the webcam I look at daily (sometimes hourly)|
|Colonial Peak (l), Paul Bunyan's stump, Pyramid Peak|
|Quick view of the Pickets: McMillan Spires (r), Inspiration Peak, The Pyramid, Mt. Degenhardt, Point 7200'+, Davis Peak|