Route under deep snow, but was melting out fast, which resulted in a lot of post-holing on the way down.
We needed more snow and less running water. Nonetheless, we made the summit.
Great climb with a great partner, Dean. Perfect weather. It is a long, long, long hike back to the trailhead after climbing Gardner and North Gardner.
It was 85 degrees on the summit when fellow SP'er
Dennis Poulin and myself summitted this bad boy.
Why bad boy? This peak is not a walk in the park due to the distance from the TH and if you hit hot weather like we did, it made our effort somewhat grueling but yet what a magnificient viewpoint. (take plenty of water)
The trail in is one long boring hike but we had a pleasant camp spot in Gardner Meadows. Saw no one else for the time we were there and the summit register indicated we were the 6th party this year but the surprising thing was that most years only two or three parties ascended No. Gardner. The cylindrical mountaineer register had a log book that dated back to 1984. It is buried deep in the summit cairn to protect it. So you'll have to look for it a bit.
We ascended to the Gardner ridge where Gardner peak is and then had to work our way down to the No. Gardner ridge. Lots of nasty scree and gendarmes to work your way around. This consumed more time than I'd like to admit.
Round trip: 28 miles in two days.
Duane and I successfully summitted both North Gardner and Gardner on a perfect day, with terrific weather and very clear air that afforded us views from Mt. Stuart to Mt. Shuksan, both northern volcanoes, the Ptarmigan Traverse peaks, much of the North Cascades National Park, and the nearby peaks within the Lake Chelan - Sawtooth Wilderness and the Pasayten Wilderness. An interesting highlight of this climb was that we were the first to sign the summit register in 2000, while the last person to sign it in 1999 was the county highpoint king himself, Bob Packard.