Relevant trail conditions past Miners Ridge:
- Miners Ridge-Suiattle Pass connector: 5 blowdowns, all relatively small. Patchy snow on the eastern portion of the trail toward the junction with the PCT, but no navigational issues except for 200' through the meadows right before the junction.
- PCT: 75% snow from the Miners Ridge junction to Suiattle Pass; 3 blowdowns from Suiattle Pass down to the junction with the Buck Creek Pass trail with many wet melt-stream crossings. From the Buck Creek Pass junction southbound to the Miners Ridge junction there are 33 blowdowns including three very large ones. One set of two (pictured below) may be problematic to clear.
Oh yeah...it also was a bazillion degrees!
|Northwestern Alligator Lizard (I think?)|
|Dave with the north side of Fortress and Chiwawa in the background|
|Dave cruising toward Suiattle Pass|
|Glacier Peak Mine detritus|
|Hiker route to Cloudy Pass from Suiattle Pass; Cloudy Peak on the left|
|Descending back to the PCT from Suiattle Pass|
|Chiwawa (l), north side of Fortress, and the unnamed (?) pass|
|Cluster of blowdowns at the Buck Creek Pass junction|
|Huge Doug Fir took out the Cedar when it fell; I'm standing on top of the fir and the trail is directly under the cedar's root ball.|
|Where the PCT hits the Suiattle River bed; it was the hottest section of the day|
|Nice way to finish|
36ish miles going by maps