From a walk in the park to true MountaineeringThe road to the trailhead is blocked by a snow bank, which didn't stop the snowmobiles that often recreate here. They packed the snow down nicely, which kind of made up for the noise and fumes that disturbed the hike. The tracks stopped on the end of Margaret's south ridge.
The rest of the way to summit was slow going, sinking past the knee at best and often to the hip with each step. I need some snow shoes, but being less than a half mile away, I couldn't stop yet. The last 1000' of the ridge line was cornice after deadly cornice, and I watched a substantial portion of one collapse down the hillside.
Dark clouds began rolling in just before I reached the summit so we hurried back hips burning through the deep powder. Snow began to fall a mile from the car, and continued to North Bend.