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snoslut
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Tex,
Its fun either way. Nice thing about the car push is the light load. You can bring solid boards and hike in tennis shoes. If the steps on the steep sections are in good condition, you might even leave the crampons and ice axe behind. Just depends on your comfort level and snow.

Regarding overnighters, I would recommend camping on a bluff around 6,700 ft just before the Cresent Glacier Basin. Look for the unique tree. Refer to the last pic on my tr…

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Besides the good views, there’s a good trundling spot a stones throw away and usually running water near by.

If you decide to descend the sw chutes, this provides the easiest traverse back to camp. Also you can ride right up to your tent from the false summit. When I’ve camped here, I do a run from the false summit and the next day do the sw chutes. Btw, the sw chutes flatten out just below 8k so keep your speed up. It drops another 1k of mellower, fun stuff. Once at 7k, I would start my traverse, skinning back to camp by contouring around 7k.

Camping at Lunch Counters is cool, but if you do the sw chutes, climbing 2k back to camp and riding down with overnight packs doesn’t tickle me fancy like it use to.

Usually by the 4th, the road to Cold Springs is melted out. If not, pretty close. So if you decide to do the sw chutes from the car, I would stop at the round the mountain trail, which contours 6,400 ft. and hike out that way. Otherwise you can get sucked into the numerous, forrested sub gullies and end up hiking back up the ridge. If you camp at Morrison Creek, you can ride those gullies but by the 4th, it might be patchy and marginal snow quality.

As far as the climb goes, I would use the popular climbers route. It crosses the Cresent Glacier Basin around 7,400 ft. and gains the ridge. After 1k on the ridge, it puts you near the top of the Cresent Glacier on a mellow pitch that leads directly to the base of the false summit. Otherwise if you opt for the South Butte route it goes out and around. In my experience, less direct.

Other notes: Only showers (bring quarters) I know about is at the Memaloose campgrounds about 10 minutes east of Hood River. The campgrounds can only be accessed from the west side of 84 so take the Rowana Rd exit and head west back on 84. Also climbing permits are located at the Trout Lake Ranger Station, quarter mile on the left past the “y” at the gas station. Also can be self issued at the trailhead. Don’t forget to pickup some poopbags. I’ve had rangers ask me to show them.

If the weather forecast is good, I’ll be up there with the girl. I might see ya there! Hey powderjunkie and puff nattie, you coming up too? I’ll try and get IAOFM to come too.