Five years had passed since we first visited Sawtooth Slam peaks. The mixed use Crater Creek Trail was especially popular among biking enthusiasts.
Compared with its west fork counterpart, East Fork Buttermilk Trail (#420) felt much like a walk in the park.
West Fork Buttermilk Creek Valley was the first area in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness pups and I ever visited.
Several parties mentioned that this peak had since been added to their “do not repeat” list.
Coincidentally, the late afternoon start time was the same as our first trip six years ago when pups and I climbed Gardner Mountains.