Section J Southbound Stevens Pass to Snoqualamie Pass July 13-18

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July 22nd, 2013
By: Angie aka Social Hermit

Snow:Totally doable but there is snow pack. After Icicle Creek turnoff there was a section of snowpack that looked like a crossroads,it was a little difficult to find the trail again here…followed treeline and was able to find it. Hardly any snow after that until 10 miles or so north of the Kendall Katwalk where several large snow drifts filled the trail so it was a long slide to the bottom. I had to kick steps/microspikes for some. I was more than a little nervous crossing these. Doable but not the time to cross this if u are scared of heights. I met some freaked out people at the point of no return in the middle of this wearing sneakers and without poles.
Some snow after the Katwalk ..look at your contours and u will find the trail.
Water: Rivers generally pretty low and the described difficult ford at 2453 was fine. Lower Lemah was pretty fast and deep too ..mid thigh on me.
Bugs: Lots of them but not so viscious as u would expect..but then I soaked my clothes in premetherin and was wearing 100% Deet 20% time. Met a southbounder who had 20+ bites visible just in passing.
Blow Down: Lots of blow down throughout the trail…I am 5’4 and was able to get around most and had a tight slide on my back under one log and threw my pack over and roped it so it wouldn’t go down the hill.
Erosion: Lots of areas where trail is very narrow from winter/snowmelt water but all passable and visible to you as u approach them.
People: Met very few. One through hiker heading north, a section hiker heading north and one southbound kiwi.
Its as good a time as any to hike this section. have fun!