After camping at Colchuck Lake Saturday night, hiked up Aasgard Pass and ran into pretty steep, solid snow on permanent snowfield that is the Snow Creek Glacier. We were able to chop steps to the top (about 100' from the bottom)--Pretty slow going. Summitted at 1:30. A beautiful, clear sunny day with views South to Adams, North to Baker, West to the Olympics, and East to the Columbia Plateau.
We decided decent via the ascent route would be too dangerous given the snow conditions, so we traversed the S ridge of peaks, decended into the Upper Enchantments Basin, and hiked back over Aasgard and out.
Once again it was a perfect day for high wandering on the rim of the Enchantment basin. We ascended the slopes south of Brynhild Lake and upon achieving the ridge traversed west and north to the south ridge of Dragontail. We stayed on the summit for a rather long time enjoying the early September sunshine and the magnificent views of Colchuck Peak, Mt. Stuart, Mt. Rainier, the western peaks of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and north to Glacier Peak and Mt. Baker.
After being snowed on two nights before, the weather was gorgeous on this day and we set out to climb Dragontail up the Snow Creek Glacier above Aasgard Pass. The snow was perfect for climbing and for the eventual glissade back toward our camp near Freya Lake. The summit views were spectacular on a perfectly clear day as we could easily see Mt. Adams to the south, almost in Oregon, and Mt. Baker to the north, almost in British Columbia.