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Mt Rainier Kautz & Disappointment Cleaver Routes Conditions

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Kautz Glacier Route:
This route is in “very good” condition. The Nisqually Glacier is shallow and not complicated to cross (assuming you know what you are doing). To avoid crossing Wilson Glacier’s crevasses, climb up the (climber’s) left side of the cleaver to The Turtle. You may have to walk on the rocky cleaver for a while. To enter the ice chute bellow the Kautz Ice Cliff go ...
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Liberty Bell

Is the Blue Lake Parking open for cars.... sleeping? or is it still parking on the hwy? Approach info to notch? Thanks.
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Ruth Mountain

Two of us wanted to climb Sefrit on Saturday, but the Ruth Creek crossing was going to be a challenge. We would have been more motivated if the weather had been better. No rain but everything was wet. The clouds were low. So off we went to the more familiar Ruth Mountain. Snow from Hannegan Pass on. Views were very limited, but short opportunities to see Shuksan were good enough. First summit for me this ...
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Road to TH for Hidden Lake Peaks

Looking for some feedback, as Hidden Lake Peaks is on my to do list for my trip back to the Cascades this August.

Is the road to the trailhead (Sibley Creek?) passable in a standard vehicle? I've read a number of reports - some saying yes standard vehicles can make it and others saying that 4WD or high clearance is needed. I'll be in a rental car, no high clearance, and am not interested in ...
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Monte Cristo

Any one been into Monte Cristo area? Specifically the East Wilman's Spire?
Road conditions? Still only a log to cross at 1 mile? That's what the reliable Ranger said?
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Snow Conditions in Enchantments

Looking to head into the Enchantments area mid-late next week and curious what the snow levels are like. Has anybody been out there recently? Specifically is the W. Ridge of Prusik free of snow? Seems like it's going to warm up but might go for other peaks in the area instead like Dragontail, Colchuk, or Little Annapurna.

First time in the Cascades. I'm going to assume ice ax and crampons are a must?

Thanks!
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Tomyhoi Peak

Nick and I went to Tomyhoi Peak Sunday/Monday for a attempt again on this familiar mountain. Snow most of the way. We made it to the main summit base, but to tricky for us to negotiate the last few hundred feet on snow, ice over rock. Been there a few times, but not in these conditions, no gear. Chicken psyche took over. Bivied at the only bare flat ground at base of Yellow Aster Butte ...
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Access to Killen Creek TH on Mt Adamas

Any beta about access to Killen Creek TH on Mt Adamas? How is the snow there right now? When would be the best time to plan the (Adams G.) attempt this year?

Appreciate any input/Thanks
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Mt Baker

Anyone been up Baker yet in 2016? wondering how close to trail head you can get to.
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Anyone interested in Rainier for mid May?

Hey Guys,

New to Summit Post, but avid climber. I've done several of the summits in the cascades and really all over the states. One, that I haven't bagged though, is Rainier.

I will be out in Seattle for work on May 11-13th and had hoped to attempt Rainier the following weekend: drive to Paradise Friday evening or Saturday morning, hike to base camp, take off early Sunday morning and back down for a flight ...
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