Rookie by most standards here, but doing pt mid Aug. check cascade pass last sat. Still lots of snow. Pass to cache col was very snowy. Will back side of mixed up melt out in 4 weeks? Any reports from 2012? 3 are experienced hiker/ Trekkers with one having 2 rainier summits. 3 rather newbies. I would rather stash bikes for southern exit. Any advice? Anyone have gps tracks or waypoints of primary features/passes. We are not climbers and enjoy several forms of outdoor rec, but the traverse looks awesome.
Stashing bikes at south... How do you propose to get said bikes to where you can use them... Helicopter? Car won't do any good since the road is closed/washed out why you want the bikes to begin with... A blow up raft seems a better option for a large party. Always did want to try that option. Still would require a powered bike and rope to hide said raft up in the trees to snag on your way out and then float down the river. IE take bike, throw raft/pump on back, toodle up the road all the way to downy creek and stash it in a tree.
Backside of mixup melted out? Yea. Its southern/western exposure. Everything about 2 weeks behind. I wouldn't count on Kool-Aid lake being snow free though. High probability of it though.
The traverse is awesome. Best exit is going out via Garden Pass and Image lake. Adds another 2 days. You better tag Dome peak summit. Get that crevasse rescue training in.
I did it last year early August. Snow all the way from Cascade Pass to Cub Lake. Don't need to be a climber if not doing any peaks on the way but expect challenging snow crossings, steep in a few places like at the cols. Bring axes. Route finding will be your biggest problem. Just walk the road out at Suiattle river, it;s only 9 miles. Ha.
Ride bike up road walk out a few days before starting the traverse. Really simple concept, and sounded better than a 9 mile stupid walk down a road. We will do some easier summits, but the intention is to explore and get experience for a future trip with peaks.