dogs on leash
Nov 15, 2016 - we arrived well prepared for anything but pulling into the trail head parking lot with no snow in sight and the rain coming down, we figured we could leave our snowshoes behind. Started in rain jackets, turned to a light snow for a few minutes and then the sun came out about halfway in and the fog disappeared! We hit snow in the last 30 minutes but hikers were sufficient and poles kept us upright when crossing the rivers and dodging icy rocks. The big river crossing was a breeze compare to when I hiked this in July. Gorgeous to see the glacier with snow all around! Took us about 1.5 hours up, same heading back down as we were a bit more cautious descending the snow section. I consider this a pretty easy hike for elevation, good one to take if you don't have time for a long day or your taking someone newer hiking (provided they are ok with the river crossing) The trail was well maintained and very easy to follow in the tree covered areas. It will be harder to see in the snowy open areas so keep this in mind! The road was in pretty good condition. My Honda Civic had no issues.
Beautiful alpine trail. We hiked counter-clockwise from Artist Point so we would climb the switchbacks to the saddle in the morning. Lots of rocks and exposed trail along the way but shade and cooler conditions around the lake. We hiked in August so start early while it's cool, take plenty of water and BUG SPRAY for the lakes area.
Best place for lunch is a rocky outcrop on Hayes Lake on the north side of the trail as it passes between Iceberg and Hayes lake. Shade and a breeze from the lake to keep the bugs down.
Mt Pugh late October was great. But so slushy deep snow eventually turned me and all I saw, included dung a group that app armed prepared for snow. Made it to work pass. Still a beautiful hike to that point. I expect others will want to summit despite the snow.