Barring some freak 10-foot snow-melting heat wave in the next week, we've officially selected a backup hike to replace our Wonderland trip.
The Eastern Pasayten Loop is it. It's a 65 mile loop that covers what appears to be some spectacular terrain.
Nigel called the local ranger station to get some trail updates. Here is what we learned:
– Currently a trail crew is working on clearing the trail and is moving from the East Fork moving West
– Start of trail #510 still has trees down and standing water in the parking area. They plan on opening the trail head by the end of this week .
– Fire Creek burned out in 2003 and is still a big mess – she said to avoid it since it has not been maintained since. South of this is supposedly ok (especially the area around Four Point Lake)
A web page of snow conditions for each of the trails located here. Just last week it sounded like heavy snow still – today they are listed as snow free for the trails on Eastern Pasayten but heavy snow at Larch Pass still.