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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2015, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone been up here recently?
What condition is the trail in and how bad is the bushwhack to the upper bowl?
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Road is in good shape, except for the spur road to the TH (200-300m). If you feel like driving it, get a vehicle capable of crossing deep-ish water bars.

Generally, the trail is somewhat bushy in spots. The trail by the lake is well trodden, but quite overgrown. It feels like bushwhacking.

Access to the upper bowl was fine, if you don't mind some low 5th scrambling. Pick your descent wisely, we ended up in heinous B5 bushwhacking with 5th class moves. We were pressed for time, and just did it. It was relatively short, which was fine for me, but I've heard of a relatively bush free route between the upper bowl and upper statlu lake. It's more circuitous, but may be preferable to some.

Have fun!
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Access to the upper bowl was fine, if you don't mind some low 5th scrambling.
This one has always perplexed me, ever since McLane published a whole lotta malarkey in his select guide, and the route description error has been cloned and re-cloned by almost every party to visit the area.

The straightforward option (but only if you want it: by now the waterfall-bushwhack seems to be a rite of passage) is to cross the inflow creek above the upper lake, where the trail spits you out. Then look at your topographical map and head up the slope where the contour lines are widest (well to climber's right of the waterfalls and other bollocks), and follow your nose up the path of least resistance. Eventually you will see openings to climber's left where you can traverse over towards the bowl below Viennese. If you've spent any time in the Coast Range, you wouldn't even call this segment bushwhacking. Really.
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by now the waterfall-bushwhack seems to be a rite of passage
Totally. It's a fantastic way to enjoy your first trip to the range.

I think next time, I'll try and find the route you're describing for the descent. I kinda liked the scramble up by the waterfall.
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