McClure Rock or so
Hiked about a 1/2 mile above Paradise before skinning. Rain Thursday done a number on the snow. Several portages required before getting on solid snow above Pebble Creek. Above Pebble Creek there was 2-3 inches on top of firm old snow. Not enough new snow to smooth out the runnells Not too much of a problem, except when to fog thickened and made balance tricky. Below Pebble Creek snow became sharky and with occasional breakable crust under the new snow. Fog, freezing rain and snow was what was happening in the air.
Some navigation errors and backtracking to avoid bare spots resulted in reaching the locked Longmire gate @5:21. However the procedure for unlocking the gate , at least today didn't involve a lecture nor threat of a ticket for future late departures. YMMV