August 17, 2019, Paradise
WA Cascades SW (Mt Rainier)
Wow it's dry. We walked to 7040' before finding 380' of skinnable snow on the west edge of the Paradise Glacier. Above that was 300' vertical of glacier ice before reaching more skinnable snow. 3 laps 7440-7040' were much less gritty than last month. Flowers were at their peak bloom 7000'-6500'. Marmots were performing well for the small crowd above 6500' where the sun appeared after a misty departure from fourth crossing. September might be bleak for turns. Labor Day at Hood?