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Conditions for June = Hot and Melting Fast!

We have had an unusually warm and dry spring which is melting the snow quickly.  Some high country trails are ready for the adventurous but some need more time.  Here are the details:

  • Harts Pass Rd is still closed at the trailer turn around about 9 miles past Mazama and 10 miles before the Pass.  We still have no scheduled date for the USFS to clear the rock debris from the road but stay tuned...
  • Blue Lake, Rainy Lake, and the Maple Pass loop are still snow covered and are not "hikeable".  People have certainly hiked them on snow but the trails are hard to follow and the snow is still around 25" deep and soft.
  • Cutthroat Lake Trail still has snow but is the most "hikeable" as the trail is relatively easy to follow.  Expect snow after the first .5 miles.  For those continuing on to Cutthroat Pass, expect some patchy snow above the lake but deep snow towards the top.
  • Goat Peak Trail is dry for the first 3/4 mile with nice flowers.  Snow starts when the trail goes into the trees and is still around 2' deep which makes following the trail difficult.  There is a small cornice of snow at the false summit and snow along the ridge to the lookout.  We recommend bringing trekking poles and a sense of adventure.
  • Cedar Creek is dry and the logs have been cleared for 5 miles with snow before Abernathy Pass.
  • Robinson Creek is snow free for several miles towards Hart's Pass but there are many downed trees.
  • West Fork of the Methow is dry but the avalanche debris at mile 1.7 has still not been cleared.  Hikers can possibly get past the stacked logs but stock and bikers will want to avoid this trail.
  • Driveway Butte trail is mostly snow free with nice flowers towards the top but expect many downed trees.
  • Climbers on WA Pass and the Wine Spires will experience snowy approaches but dry routes.  
  • The sport climbs at WA Pass is Spire Gully and Ice Box Corridor are coming into condition - just in time for this heat!  Climbers left side of the gully is still seeping.  Stop by for the Mazama Granite Miniguide for info on these routes.
  • Snakes have cleared out of the Matrix (and gone to adjacent neighborhoods :))  Some great routes there with information in the Matrix & Europa Miniguide.
  • Bike trails at Rendezvous Basin, Buck Mountain, and Sun Mountain are in great shape.  Check out the Woodpecker Trail at Sun Mountain!

As always - stop by or give us a call with any questions or tales of your adventures in the North Cascades.  And please remember us when thinking of your next gear or clothing purchase!

CB Thomas
CB Thomas


2 Responses


June 06, 2016

Thanks CB! Very helpful! Headed out next week and hope to see you and report on our adventures.

Tom Forker
Tom Forker

June 06, 2016

Nice of you to serve as a clearing house for this information. Keep it up.

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