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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-12-2010, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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I am thinking of hiking Elk/Thurston this weekend, but I'm not sure what conditions there are likely to be like at this time of year. I know it will be snowy, but wondered if it is likely to be icy enough to need crampons, or if snowshoes would be OK.

Thanks very much for any help you can give me.
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excellent conditions! did it on sunday and there was only snow from the lookout on elk onwards. in the morning while it was still frozen up, there were a few slick spots in the trees, but by afternoon everything was just slushy and a little muckey. if the sun is shining, wear your sunscreen! i didn't and i'm paying for it, that snow reflects it back pretty intensly... hope you have a great hike!
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I'm looking at the hill right now, and it looks....kinda snowy up there. Not too bad though.
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I'm looking at the hill right now, and it looks....kinda snowy up there.
You must be looking at the wrong hill, cause there is no snow visible except for a small blob just off the summit?
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quote:there is no snow visible except for a small blob just off the summit
I might've been exaggerating - and the blob looks even smaller today!
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Thanks giver! We had a great time.
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 05-17-2010, 10:58 PM
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Did it on May 15, some snow up to unnamed summit between Elk and Thurston, but not of concern. After that the snow gets deeper. We still went to Thurston, but kept sinking into snow almost up to knee. I had microspikes, but snowshoes would have been better on that stretch.
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