This is the Third time I have tried this mountain and I finally made it. It was worth coming back to.The trail does not appear to be a priority here. Parking Pass here at this time did not give us much for our money. We climbed over, under and around so many trees we lost count. Quite a work out. We slept in our vehicles Friday night, and started on the trail at 6:00AM. Several were ahead of us, but we knew snow could be a problem, so someone else kicking steps was ok by us. We discussed taking snoshoes, but abandoned the idea after reading on nwhikers that a large party made it the week before without them. That was good news! The trail in the trees seemed to go rather quickly, getting good views and some blue sky.
The snow and previous travelers made it relatively easy going at this point. Up to the ridge..Lone Tree Pass?... over to the west side and a very long traverse that lost considerable elevation that we worked so hard to gain. Then back up to the Glacier. Weather deteriated here, but not impossible, especially since we could follow others boot tracks. I counted about 18 people besides our six, which surprised me. Most turned back so near the summit. Snow was not firm enough for crampons, but not really good for just kicking steps. The summit pitch was steep and steps were not reliable. Just had to be careful and use your ice axe. We were on the summit at 1:30PM. We were happy with that time. One other party took pictures of us...us of them and off we went for a calmer area and a late lunch. Back to cars by 5:30PM and into Darrington for burgers! It was another superb trip into some fantastic mountains with long time friends. No regrets.
It was a good peak to climb. I see you did the Glacier route! WOW! We tried that a couple of years ago. We climbed the brush and at the time we were reasonably close to the glacier, we felt it was too late in the day to finish the climb, so we bailed. It was very disappointing. Enjoy Germany climbing!
Yeah we actually used the rope on a brushy cliff, though we happily found a sort of game trail through the most "thrashy" stuff. I think we went at an ideal time: maximal snow cover (March), but in cold, clear weather, with a thick crust to avoid avalanche. The route is very exposed to avalanche, we walked over so many avy paths . Thanks about Germany, it is definitely a lot of fun!
Enjoyed your report. The pictures and your captions helped piece it together, further encouragement for me to attept again. Made it to Lone Tree Pass but too late in the day to continue. thanks again, 10/10