I had originally planned on Slesse Memmorial and Crossover today, but there was good interest in Conway, so that is where three of us hiked up to its peak; almost 21 km return from the gate by the lakeshore. The section with all its up and downs crossing various creeks and gullies together with overgrown nature of the upper trail made it hard work. Fantastic rewards at the end;
We parked just outside a locked gate near the lake shore, geared up and ready to start at 9:30 am; and we returned at 6:30 pm. This included two good stops; lunch at Mile Hi Camp, and a nice stay at the summit. We reluctantly headed back, it was wonderful to take in all the views at top. A caretaker of the logging camp and heavy equipment wished us a good hike, but warned us to avoid the left fork and do not touch anything. So compared to prior visits, you need to be prepared for the extra walk, probably 1-1/2 hours extra to complete the hike because of parking further back.
Partial cloud cover had us hoping for it to clear off in order to enjoythe views; which it did.
The Alltrails map provides a good illustsration of the route, and expanded portion shows part of trail zoom view in.
Starting out on new open FSR (GATED)
Beyond the FSR, the old road bed beyond...
Then site of the original parking lot, just behind a creek crossing.
First view, across valley, steep forested slope.
First views of Jones Lake
On the old pack mule trail proper
A challenging creek crossing, strong runoff flow
Getting up into the more open alpine
.......a better view of Jones Lake
Up on the granite rock.....
....steep cliffs up
..nice to walk on here. with lots of grippy granite..
Beyond the col..
THEN WE HAD TO START TO HEAD DOWN.........from this beautiful area..