September 7, 2009, New Snow
It really did snow down to 6000' and there really was 1-2 feet of it up high! Took the 4th Crossing Trail up to Paradise Glacier Trail and kept going up past Cowlitz Rock and onto the base of the Paradise Glacier. Post holed to my knees in drifts and shins in other places. Poor visi most of the time until I headed out, of course. I ended up crevassed out on the far right of the Glacier, but had it been clearer on the way up, I probably could have picked a better route lookers left of the snout; at least it looked that way when I got a little glimpse. Found another good patch off the southern aspect of Cowlitz, so climbed up and rode that down too. Managed to make it a little further down than expected and didn't even hit a rock, though didn't look that encouraging going up. Ducked into a cave/moat for lunch in midst of a snow squall for some welcomed protection. Fun Labor Day and didn't see anyone past Stevens-Van Trump Monument.