Just like Snowolf reported, the corn was perfect this last weekend. And if you traversed West away from the 200 or so people, it was all untouched!
Why does everyone camp in the parking lot on the cement? I'd never been to Helens before so this surprised me. We decided instead to leave the Marble Mtn Sno-Park Friday night at 10pm and make camp at the tree line around midnight - there was no one else camping (again, why?). I forgot my sleeping pad so we were lucky to find one patch of dirt (bushes and rock). There was a cloudless and moonless sky so a million stars were out to join us for dinner and beers.
I was again surprised, this time at how early some hikers past our tent (3am)! After that it was consistent group after group all morning. We started just after sunrise around 6 and descended at 10 on excellent corn snow. Great prefunk for Cinco de Mayo partying.
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:45 am Posts: 90 Location: Vancouver, Wa.
Nice! That flat area by Swift creek has excellent camp spots and I would also elect to camp there instead of the parking lot. I suspect most people would rather just travel lightly though. I always just do this as a day trip but sleep at home rather than at the snow park.
Those bowls above Monitor Peak are sweet aren't they? Like you said, everybody seems to ride back down "Antenna Hill" or through the gully. It is so worth the high traverse over to hit that great terrain and it is always pretty untouched.
I can't believe how bony things got though in a week. She's about done for the season.