July 6, 2011

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Hiked this section on July 2-4 2011. Continuous snow above elevation 4500 feet on most slopes. Used GPS to find trail up to Timberline Lodge. A few bare ground spots near the lodge.

Northbound from Timberline Lodge continuous snow until trail drops below elevation 4500 feet.Crampons desirable but not essential. Tree wells and many canyons and snow bridges over creeks very fatiguing and dangerous. Snow depth 4-8 feet.

Sandy River reqires wading across 15 feet wide channel up to 3 feet deep. Met one southbound hiker from Cascade Locks that said there was 8 miles of continuous snow from Indian Creek Campground to Lola Pass.

Plenty of trees down from Barlow Pass to Timberline Lodge. North of the lodge when you get out of the snow there are places of trail washouts but can get thru them.

It will be at least September before most of the area north of Timberline Lodge is snow free.

We left the trail at Ramona Falls and hitch hiked back to Bend. Will do this section in September.