There are ~five blowdowns in between the TH and Jolly. A dusting of snow covers the majority of the trail from Yellow Hill to point 5850' before Jolly Mountain, and there are a good number of areas with 3-6" of snow; however, route finding is not an issue. The last 1.5 miles to Jolly is consistently 10-12" with windblown drifts of up to 18". Average temperature on the ridge yesterday was ~25F, with a pretty-constant breeze and gusts up to 45+ mph.
Finding a reasonably-fresh wolf track was a huge bonus.
|On the ridge between Yellow Hill and Elbow Peak|
|Heading up Elbow Peak|
|Climbing up Elbow Peak; fresh snow blowing off the ridge|
|Elbow Peak summit area, maybe?|
|Heading toward Jolly Mountain|
|Heading toward Jolly|
|Teanaway wolf tracks|
|Point 5850'+ behind Sir Hikes, approaching Jolly|
|Deeper snow on Jolly's south slopes|
|Jolly Mountain summit ridge|
|Jolly Mountain summit 6443'|
|Headed home along the ridge; Elbow Peak in the middle, Yellow Hill at left|
|A few brief views on the way out|