Easy Pass to Cascade Pass
Over a 4 day Memorial Weekend, the other Kyle, Silvia, EZD, and I skied from Easy Pass to the Cascade River Road. We generally followed Skoog's "Logan High Route" with a different start and finish, and a notable deviation around Logan. Instead of going over the summit, we skied down the Banded Glacier, further into Logan Creek, then up the valley onto the Fremont Glacier. This was a great alternative and involved no scrambling with full packs and ski boots and a potentially good descent of the Banded.
Some more details on our route: Easy Pass -> Silent Lakes -> Arriva Meulefire Col -> Spectacular Ridge. Then Fisher Pass -> Douglas Glacier -> Banded Glacier -> Fremont Glacier -> Park Creek Pass. Then Park Creek Pass -> Booker/Buckner col -> Upper Horseshoe -> Buckner summit. From Upper Horseshoe -> Sahale Arm -> Soldier Boy Creek -> Car.
The 2 feet of fresh snow that fell right before and then warm temps really messed up the skiing, but travel conditions were safe enough and not too slow at least. Coverage was adequate on every descent, although the initial Easy Pass descent was a little bony. Glacier were pretty sealed up, but we did bring glacier gear.
This was an incredibly scenic traverse and one of my favorite trips ever, despite the bad snow. The total was 42 miles and 21k ft gain. 4 days felt pretty relaxed but the area is deserving of taking it easy and soaking it in.
Gazing out to Logan from the Arriva area.
Skinning by the Silent Lakes.
Morning atop Spectacular Ridge.
Skinning up the Douglas.
KJ ripping the Banded Glacier.
Forbidden from the Fremont Glacier.
Park Creek Pass
Cresting Park Creek Pass.
Epic terrain beneath the SE ridge of Buckner.