Time to Clendinning Lake: 2.5 days, one way. Did not make it to Clendinning Glacier although we could see it down at the end of Clendinning Lake. Hike was extremely difficult and the bushwhacking will get much worse later in the season with the arrival of leaves and the departure of the snow. Expect 3.5 days each way after mid June or so.
Many of the Devil's Clubs were under snow and the rest did not have leaves yet, however the leaves were starting to bud. They will be a problem later in the season.
We unexpectedly encounted several tree stumps in a group where there should not be any stumps. Some of the sawed-down trees were still lying where they fell. Other trees appeared to be missing, suggesting that they had been helicoptered-out as the nearest road was distant and there would be no other way to remove them. Helicopter logging in Clendinning Park? Hmmm... Very strange...
Bear Tracks in Sand
Moss Covered Split Boulder
We passed several huge boulders that were split cleanly in two.
Fresh Boulder Field
Some of the huge boulders looked like they arrived there recently.
A section of the cliff had recently colapsed.
With no leaves on the slide alder, route-finding was easy and much of the slide alder avoided. Later in the season this will be a problem.
Another huge boulder that was split. They must have split after it stopped rolling down the hill. Water freezing internally?
Snow Covered Slide Alder
Much of the nortorious slide alder was bent down by the snow. There was almost no post-holing although 3 or 4 snow bridges colapsed under me unexpectedly.
Muddy Bear Tracks
This bear could not have been more than a few minutes ahead of us, coming in the opposite direction, as the snow was melting very fast in the hot sun. The tracks were very fresh. We also saw evidence of Grizzly bear. We heard owls and other strange sounds that we could not identify. At one bend in the creek the water produced the same sound as a plane flying over. We also saw the tracks of a large animal with hooves. Moose? We saw Moose in the Elaho Valley in the distance.
The end of the Clendinning Creek valley. The lake is around to the left.
Clendinning Creek Headwaters
Clendinning Creek flowing out of Clendinning Lake.
Clendinning Glacier was visable down at the far end of Clendinning Lake.