Started off crystal clear blue skies at the south climb trailhead on the 4th. We went up to the lunch counter for a quick nap with the intentions of an early morning summit to watch the sunrise on the 5th. We left the lunch counter at 130am it was really windy. Once we got on top of pikers peak we were in freezing fog. We decided to keep going. When we arrived at the summit at 4 am it was still dark plus we could hardly see eachother in the frozen wind. We quickly decided we would not wait for the sunrise. The weather forecast said it was going to be clear. Something had changed so we headed back down early. It's really too bad we had no visibility. One climber with us had never been to the summit. Mt Adam has an amazing 360 view. We will have to go again!
Route up/down: South Spur
Nice sunny weekend. We left the trailhead Saturday morning at 6am there is some blow downs and water on the trail. Hiked up to Black Buttes 7200ft spent the night. Started for the summit at 2am summited at sunrise. If you go early the snow conditions are great.
Route up/down: Coleman-Deming
Awesome trip! a little tougher than I thought..but we busted it out. From car parked at Bunny Flats took 3.5 hours to Helen Lake Camp..took a nap woke up and hit the trail at 3am got on the summit at 730am..got back to the car at Bunny Flats at 1230...seemed like a REALLY long walk back..=) Snow is melting fast
Route up/down: Avalanche Gulch
Started from the lower trailhead with dry weather. About .5 miles after traveling past the upper trail junction we hit ice packed snow. It started snowing on us at 4500ft didn't stop. No
visibility. On decent our tracks were already filled with snow. Used chains and ice axe. Last weekend we hiked nearby Mt.Rose..it was warm out tank tops and mosquitoes. A few short days later. Freezing weather and snow pounding. If you're going to the Olympics...pack everything!
Route up/down: Lower Trailhead to Winter Route
Perfect day for a hike. Trail is in great condition. Hit patchy snow at 3500 ft. Solid packed snow at 3800ft Not enough to worry about easy enough to navigate without chains.
Route up: mt rose trail
Route down: same