The 41-mile drive on NF-8020/Cooper Mountain Road from Chelan, WA to Summer Blossom Trailhead was much less attractive than the trailhead name itself.
Some reports described this being an all-day outing, so pup and I car camped for an early start.
Still feeling lazy after getting back from our trip to the Northern Pickets, so pups and I once again resorted to our own backyard for a low-key outing.
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
Several parties mentioned in their reports that this peak had since been added to their "do not repeat" (DNR) list.
Coincidentally, the late afternoon start time was the same as our first trip six years ago when pups and I climbed Gardner Mountains.
The need to stay close to home this weekend gave me the chance to explore our own backyard.
Five miles in from the Cedar Creek Trailhead, we crossed a good size stream at 4,500′.
Pup and I car camped at the empty White Pine Creek Trailhead Fright night.