Road is gated at Mtn Loop Highway 1.5 miles to TH, bring bikes for an easier descent Trail is nice all the way up to stujack pass, then once on the other side of the ridge there is solid snow that is hard and requires crampons and ice axe. Even the higher south east facing slopes had some snow on them which made the scramble to the summit a little more interesting. 13 miles RT little under 5 hours to summit, 2.5 down
Hike time Round trip 10.5 hours. Me and Neika (malamute) went up to the summit, and she made it this time. A few years earlier when she was a pup had to turn back on the ridge as there was a large rock block she could not get up. This time however, she made it with a bit of pulling and pushing haha. No bug's, no snow, plenty of wildflowers. On the descent neika stopped on the trail ahead of me and cocked her head funny and down below us a baby bear cub scampered straight up a large pine tree, being instructed by her mom below. We quickly left them alone and continued on. Limited people and on a Saturday only saw 3 other's.
Easy hike to the top, and one of the greatest vantage points of Glacier Peak.
This became our back-up climb when the road leading to three fingers was washed out with over 4 miles remaining to the trail-head. Beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. Fairly cold in the early morning with dense forest blocking all warmth from the sun below 4200 feet. We lost the trail in the numerous snowfields leading up to the summit but we were able to follow several lines of foot prints leading up. surprisingly, we were the only people on the mountain that day considering that it was the day after the 4th of July which many people have off. It was a very nice hike up to Metam lake and beyond to the snowfields. the snowfields were still iced-over from the night before, and easy to walk on. the route followed many switch-backs up to Stujack Pass just above 5700 ft, which offered an amazing view of the surrounding peaks to the north and south. following up the northwest ridge which became razor thin with a dropoff to the south looking over the basin towards the road and the small glacier to the north that presented a view of mt Baker. We followed the small scrambler's trail that led through class 2/3 scrambling over large boulders and talus and small snowfields that led to the summit. spectacular views in all directions. with clear skies we were able to see the entire expanse of the Cascade range including the snowcapped peaks of BC's Coastal Range far beyond Baker to the north.
Beautiful Day, no clouds, and the bugs were on vacation. Great hike up to metan lake, then the switchbacks up to Stujack Pass were great. Some overgrown shrubery up to the pass, and then some nice exposure along the ridge towards the summit. Left the trailhead at 815am, and made it to the summit at 12 noon. Hung out on top for about 1 hour and soaked in too many rays, and then descended down the long arduous trail. 5.3 miles one way, and 5000 vertical feet. It's a grind, but well worth it. Can't wait to hit this in the winter!