Middle Fork Pasayten River Valley access restrictions had just been lifted a few days ago.
Entiat River Road had been gated at mile 32 the last couple of years due to wildfires
Two things I did differently on this trip had worked out quite well.
After getting off Freezeout Ridge the day before, we spent two hours on the road to west end of Pasayten Wilderness.
Road to Conrad Meadows had been gated at the NF-750/South Fork Tieton Road junction, seven miles before the trailhead.
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.
Picket traverse = Mount Challenger + Phantom Peak + Crooked Thumb Peak
Five years had passed since we first visited Sawtooth Slam peaks. The mixed use Crater Creek Trail was especially popular among biking enthusiasts.
Photos from this trip can be found here. Prince Slam = Beefhide Butte + Seance Peak Compared with its west fork counterpart, East Fork Buttermilk Trail (#420) felt much like a walk in the park. With just a handful of down trees to easily negotiate and a minor creek crossing two miles in at 5,240′,…
Photos from this trip can be found here. West Fork Buttermilk Creek Valley was the first area in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness pups and I ever visited. Before I knew it, six years had passed since we tackled a few of the Bulger List peaks here. I was pretty psyched about seeing our old camp by…
Photos from this trip can be found here. Shelokum Slam = Shelokum Mountain + Lamont Mountain (aka Wolfhead) 雪洛庫姆滿貫 = 雪洛庫姆山+拉蒙特山 (綽號狼頭) Coincidentally, the late afternoon start time was the same as our first trip six years ago when pups and I climbed Gardner Mountains. I specifically remembered the mostly uneventful approach, until a couple…