Entiat River Road had been gated at mile 32 the last couple of years due to wildfires
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 we had visited
Coincidentally, the late afternoon start time was the same as our first trip six years ago when pups and I climbed Gardner Mountains.
Five miles in from the Cedar Creek Trailhead, we crossed a good size stream at 4,500′.
Last backpacking trip to wrap up the climbing season, which had been a great one.
Over the last few years it had become somewhat of a tradition to do a bigger trip over Fourth of July weekend.