Road Access: Road #12 was open and clear of snow to the junction with Road #13. Road #13 was clear of snow to within about 2 miles of Schreibers Meadow Trailhead. The snowpack has been melting rapidly and it will not be long before visitors can park much closer to the trailhead. Please park courteously along the side of the road, leaving plenty of space for large vans, trucks, and trailers to get past.
Trail Status: Park Butte and Scott Paul trails were completely snow covered from about half a mile below the trailhead. There were a lot of snowmobilers using the National Recreation Area and they are allowed to do so until there is less than two feet of snow at the trailhead. Snow bridges over creeks and other hazards are treacherous this time of year because they can melt out from below and be much thinner than they appear from above. We prefer to use some sort of flotation—such as snowshoes or skis—to distribute our weight across the snowpack, making for safer and more efficient travel.
Snow Level: Continuous snow coverage above approximately 3200 feet.
Snow Observations: We found soft corn snow on all aspects with little overnight recovery occurring due to the warm temperatures. We received reports of some icy sections and breakable crust above 8000 feet.
Route Observations and Additional Information: The route up the Easton Glacier was in typical early-season form, with good snow coverage on most crevasses and a direct route from Sandy Camp to the 8500-foot bench. There were several large crevasses beginning to open in the corridor section below Sherman Crater, and this area will change rapidly as the winter snowpack melts. There were also several cracks beginning to open on the final summit wall, but these were easily end run by traversing to the climber’s left. Grant Peak was under snow.
Sandy Camp and Climbers Camp were still mostly snow covered, although a few dry tent pads were beginning to melt out along the ridgeline and more will be melting out in coming weeks. There was still no running water visible around camp. Overnight visitors should remember to bring extra fuel for melting snow.