|Crown Mountain is still covered in snow|
Saturday it was different.
The Front is really loaded with snow, so it was time to revisit an old friend at a lower, more passable elevation.
I re-hiked a classic Front "triangle" trails that begins on the Crown Mountain Trail No. 270 that wraps around the east flank of Crown Mountain, connecting to the Petty Creek Trail No. 232, and then back to my starting point at the Crown Mountain Trailhead via the Ford Creek Trail No. 244. It had been more than 10 years since I did this hike, although I did a variation of it on backcountry skis several years ago.
|Ford Creek Double Falls|
The Crown (Whitewater) section had several patches of snow and one fairly sizable avalanche slide. The Petty Creek section's upper section was fairly packed with snow and lots of deadfall. Gosh, I wished the trail crew had been through. There is a large section of cascades and the creek needs to be crossed and re-crossed several times. I found good ways to cross without getting my feet wet.
The open meadow where the Ford Creek trail intersects was spangled by purple larkspur.
I worked my way uphill around the top of the falls an discovered a road and summer cabins and found my way back to my car.
My GPS indicated I had walked 9 miles and gained and lost some 2,100 feet of elevation.
Glacier lilies were the dominant flower, although there was a sizable population of fairy slippers (calypso) sprinkled throughout. I was quite surprised by the numbers for this relatively rare and shade-loving plant.