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post #1063 of (permalink) Old 08-24-2020, 01:27 AM
JHector
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Default Poligne Creek, Elusive Pass

Aug. 20, 2020. There are 8 crossings of Poligne Creek between the Poboktan junction and Maligne Pass. The first two bridges are intact, the 3rd one is a single wobbly plank, and the 4th one is intact, crossing a tributary. The 5th bridge is gone, but there is a tree spanning the creek that looks precarious. Some hikers are comfortable walking on it, but the easy ford is safer. The 6th bridge is washed out, but the ford is easy. Bushwhacking to avoid 5 and 6 is steep, nasty and not recommended. The 7th bridge at Avalanche camp is intact, and the 8th bridge between the camp and the pass is half broken but crossable without fording (easy).


The true summit of Elusive Pass is blocked by a cornice, but the slightly higher, western summit's cornice is easily bypassed, and then you scramble to the bump that separates the two. On Aug. 21, the long meadow section between Elusive and 2nd Pass of the Six Passes route was in full bloom, with swarms of mosquitoes unlike any I've previously experienced, anywhere.
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