Me and some BCMC/ACC folk headed up to go ice climbing on the Coleman Glacier on Saturday. The parking lot was surprisingly empty. The trail was lovely, as always; and the weather, while dreary, was really not that bad.
Once we got up to the first tributary for Heliotrope creek, it was immediately obvious that we would have to wait at little while longer for skiing. We continued along to the last moraine, and went up a little and took the scrappy trail that puts you onto the middle section of the icefall. This worked quite well and we were on the ice fairly easily. And I would say that this is certainly the fastest way to get to the ice. There is definitely a lot of loose dirt and rocks, though, so take care. I've added the path to OSM here: http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18...393/-121.86093
No freshies on the slopes of Heliotrope yet. Maybe another week or two.
An awkward notch we had to climb through to get to a nice area with 10-20 meter walls.
Walking off the glacier. The trail we took goes along that steep dirty slope. It's better than it looks though.