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|Conditions Information||Posted By||Posted On|
|2013-01-16||Route: Wild Basin-Sandbeach
Info: Road is dry and parking lot is plowed at the Wild Basin entrance, remember it is closed so free to park right now. Trail from TH to Sandbeach lake is passable with hiking shoes only, in a few spots you may break through to ankle deep but nothing too bad. I wore the micro‘s on the way back down just to keep from slipping when trying to make up time. Snowshoes are an absolute to gain Mt. Orton, even with shoes I continued to posthole to waist deep the entire time, destroyed me. Once on top Orton you can drop the shoes and continue with hiking boots only, spikes may be mildly helpful but with all the rock they would probably be a hinderance. The ramp to Chief‘s head is pretty clear with few drifts to navigate around. The hourglass up Alice seems passable with shoes only. The route i‘m trying to do takes me off the ramp to Chief and down the gully to below Alice, anyway got turned around due to complete white out conditions with blowing snow yesterday and never made either summit...SUCKS. I have several pictures of the peaks and conditions if anyone is interested.