Olympic National Park Trail Updates - July 5th, 2010

posted Jul 6, 2010, 8:37 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 6, 2010, 8:45 PM ]
Some highlights:

Flapjack Lake is melted out.

Snow level on the Dosewallips Trail to Hayden Pass is at 4600'.

Recent Mt Olympus Report:

Report from a climber dated 3 July: We found 80-90% snow-covered trail around Glacier Meadows...there is no track down the moraine yet so it's the hardest part of the trip. Blue Glacier covered with recent snow--no blue ice showing. There were small crevasses on the far side below Caltech rocks with one closely spaced group requiring a little zig-zag to get through...snow all the way up to the top of the rocks with only small bivy sites available on rock. Multiperson tents had to be setup on snow. No melt water pools yet. There are dangerous-looking cornices on the west side of the rocks so didn't get close enough to look down on the Blue Glacier snout. Route up Snow Dome was straight-forward hard-frozen snow. Direct route had huge bergschrunds. Looked like substantial snow bridges still exist. Easily passed a good size crevasse just before reaching Crystal Pass. Once through the notch there is a 10 foot wall of snow that is easily climbed. Easy snow all the way to Five Fingers which is completely buried in snow and looks like winter pictures I've seen more than July conditions. Descent down from Five Fingers was icy. Snow on summit block's north side was piled higher than usual. No ice on summit block, just patchy snow that can be avoided. Summit register's previous date climbed was in Sept '09. Single 60m rope rappel back down was possible from upper slings. Rest of descent was uneventful. Heard a couple of ice falls early the next morning from our camp on Caltech rocks. Temp. had stayed above freezing overnight. 

Always be prepared for winter conditions on the mountain.

Climbing gear (crampons, ropes, ice axe, and helmets), crevasse rescue gear and skills, self arrest skills, avalanche rescue gear and skills and route-finding skills are necessary for climbing Mt. Olympus.

Complete report is here.