Easton Glacier - 2017

Easton Glacier - June 12, 2017
Schriebers Meadow trailhead should be clear of snow soon. 
Road Access: Forest Road #12 and #13 are clear of snow to within ¼ mile of Schriebers Meadow trailhead. Warm summer temperatures will melt the snowpack quickly. We expect the trailhead to be mostly clear within the next 10 days.

Trail Status: Park Butte Trail and Scott Paul Trail are snow covered from the trailhead to all camps and climbing routes. Use caution when crossing snow bridges over creeks and rivers. Snow bridges can melt out from below and be much thinner than they appear.
Park Butte Trail is still covered in snow.
Snow Level: 3400 feet
Snow Observations: Soft corn snow on most aspects and elevations. Small accumulation of new snow above 9000 feet.

Route Observations and Additional Information: Climbers and skiers have found excellent early season conditions on the Easton Glacier in recent weeks. The winter snowpack is still covering many of the major crevasses, but it is melting quickly. The route often changes this time of year as crevasses and other hazards are revealed. Always rope up when traveling on the glacier. There are several crevasses beginning to open at the edge of the glacier, on the east side of the rocky ridge at Sandy Camp. There are also open crevasses between 8900 feet and 9600 feet directly below Sherman Crater. Parties are currently crossing these crevasses on large and obvious snow bridges. Later in the season, these areas of the glacier can become very broken and complex. No crevasses are yet visible on the final summit wall. The summit register on Grant Peak is still buried in snow.

There are no dry campsites at Sandy Camp or Climbers Camp, so make sure to bring the proper equipment to camp on the snow, such as snow anchors for your tent and a closed-cell foam sleeping pad. There is also no running water available in these areas yet, so make sure to bring extra fuel to melt snow. As always, pack out all food scraps, garbage, and human waste. Blue bags are available for free from the USFS Service Centers in Sedro Woolley and Glacier. Please help us keep the mountain clean for future visitors. Thanks and happy climbing!