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Trail Conditions June 30-July 3rd

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Trail Conditions June 30-July 3rd

Wife and I are trying to plan our itinerary for when were there next week. We have trails picked out that we'd like to try, but were not sure of their condition. Below is a list of trails we are considering, can someone comment as to their condition? Are they snow packed? If snow covered, are they marked, or traveled enough, so that we can follow them? We have yak traks, are these sufficient or should we rent snow shoes?

Crystal Peak

Crystal Lakes

Skyline Trail by Paradise

Carbon Glacier via Ipsut Creek on Wonderland Trail (NW side)

Commet falls

Any other ideas and/or comments would be greatly appreciated. This will be our first trip to the area and we are excited!



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1. Re: Trail Conditions June 30-July 3rd

Christy is the local expert and will pipe in, but I would think some of these trails woud still be under snow. You will be very very early for Rainier. Olympic would be a better option. Carbon river had aterrible storm a few years ago, so I am not sure about its acessibility as of late. Commet Falls is certainly possible. Have you looked for updates on Washington Trail Association?

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2. Re: Trail Conditions June 30-July 3rd

Here's the first place to look:


You can also look at wta.org, and search trip reports to see if people have been to those spots and what they report.Look right before your trip--things change quickly this time of year.

Better yet, just ask at the visitor center when you get here. Snow has been melting fast though for some of those, ie Comet Falls, it doesn't sound good (if an ice ax was required this weekend, I'm not optimistic it'll be melted by the 30th). I'd expect solid snow at Paradise, though some of the "trails", like Skyline, are marked by wands. That is the only place in the park you'll find trails marked by wands, however--with other snow covered trails, you're on your own, and it's easy to get off route (don't count on being able to follow footprints. If you hike on snow covered trails, you should have snow travel and navigation skills). This time of year you do have to also be careful about postholing and falling through. Someone died there last year when they fell through the snow and drowned in a creek underneath. I almost lost a dog the same way once (not at Paradise). Melting snow can be dangerous. Talk to the info desk before setting out at Paradise.

I bet the trail to Crystal Lakes is completely melted out by now, though. And even if some of those that you list aren't great choices, park staff can point you to other trails. You'll have options.

You can get to Carbon Glacier, you just have to walk on 5 miles of old road to get to the Ipsut Creek campground/trailhead.

Yaxtrak are fine; snowshoes aren't that useful when the snow is packed and melting.

Edited: 24 June 2013, 18:14
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3. Re: Trail Conditions June 30-July 3rd

Thank you. Appreciate you guys taking the time to respond.

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