Jun 10, 2016Went up ET 2 days ago. Hit it lucky with the weather, sun breaking through the forest on a well maintained trail, no mud. A couple of tiny streams at the beginning, no water further up. Trek up is steep, no switchbacks really. Took the right fork at the first rocky viewpoint and did some scrambling up rocky bits. Wow it was high up and close to the edge! Beautiful though. Didn't chance coming back down that route, took the path through the forest instead back to the viewpoint.Younger legs could manage it just fine. Some flowers are out - lupins, indian paintbrush,columbian lily, western columbine, looks like more to come. Lots of wild strawberries in flower, some early blueberries forming. Very windy and cold at the cairn on Thurston, needed to cover up. Clouds forming as we started down. Took 7 hours including breaks. Average grade 13.5%. Beautiful up there. Highlight was seeing a eagle soaring below us!
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