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I basically did half of this:
https://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topi...TOPIC_ID=35046

Up and down the Squaw (or whatever the new politically correct name is now), up to the 3rd peak, but due to fresh snow making the rock slippery, I decided to forego the 2nd/1st peak loop and just head straight down.


Elevation profile:


Google Earth birdseye:


Google Earth 3d:



A more detailed route description is in that other trip report. Much trail work since I was here last - more wooden staircases, rock steps, minor reroutes... it is all looking very Grind-esque now.

I always like going past the Cirque of the Uncrackables:



Google Earth 3d - Squaw


The light rain turned into a light snow right around the Squaw turnoff. It didn't start accumulating until a dusting on the ground until closer to the Squaw:


Most of the climber spur/access/escape trails that I had explored last time now have signs ("valley", "viewpoint", etc.) and are probably getting more traffic now.

Squaw summit view:




Google Earth 3d - 3rd:


The snow accumulated again at the top of the gully between 2nd/3rd Chief peaks. About 1" of storm snow was sticking on the granite once you got out of the trees on the 3rd peak. Unfortunately, this made things rather slippery. I made my way up and down carefully, but decided I'd play it safe and not continue with the 2nd/1st peak loop that I had been planning. Back down the gully and out the way I came.

Chief 2nd/1st peaks from 3rd:



A note about the snow. There is not much. Nothing accumulated from past storms - the only white stuff up there is the fresh dusting from the past day or so. A day or so of mild temps and some rain to the top will take care of it all.

-Ryan


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Up and down the Squaw (or whatever the new politically correct name is now)
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Pretty with the dusting of snow. Thanks for the update!

Read your previous post of this area .. . do you know if one of the junctions, along the Squaw route, leads to a trail that would eventually take you towards Petgill Lake area? Heard a mention of it (approx 12km)?
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Pretty with the dusting of snow. Thanks for the update!

Read your previous post of this area .. . do you know if one of the junctions, along the Squaw route, leads to a trail that would eventually take you towards Petgill Lake area? Heard a mention of it (approx 12km)?
Yes - but you want the Upper Shannon Falls trail, not from along the Squaw. On the top of that you can connect up with the old Shannon Creek FSR that will get you to Petgill area. There are one or two TR's on here of that. I've been scoping the route myself:


https://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topi...TOPIC_ID=34099

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