After getting off Freezeout Ridge the day before, we spent two hours on the road to west end of Pasayten Wilderness.
Second hundred highest peaks of Washington with 400 feet or greater of clean prominence.
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.
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′.
Pup and I car camped at the empty White Pine Creek Trailhead Fright night.
Pup and I got a restful night at the South Creek Campground after yesterday’s outing.