Photos from this trip can be found here.
The area didn’t appear to have gotten much snow this season. Barely any snow on the south slopes until I nearly got atop Cairn Hill summit. Snowshoes were needed on the north side, as I immediately started to posthole the minute I stepped off the summit. The north side never saw the light of day.
After getting on the road, it was another mile before making a rising ascent to Old Pass Hill. I lucked out with snowshoe tracks left earlier in the day, even though they ended just before I started to head uphill, darn! I plowed the rest of the way to the top in loose snow; pretty straightforward if staying on the ridge crest.
I didn’t see anyone else around, just the occasional songbirds that kept me company.