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Tatoosh Castle Saddle

5/21/23
WA Cascades West Slopes South (Mt Rainier)
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Posted by Robie on 5/22/23 12:38pm

Good news ! Reflection lake /Stevens canyon road open to Snow/Bench Lake trailhead.

4-6ft of snow at road cut. 6" rough cut sun cups in lower woods. 2-3" sun cups in upper bowl.

1-2" boot pen provide easy walking ,good skinning and somewhat slow but still good skiing.

The usual north facing cornice has evaporated.

We were hampered by fog early on but later a north wind opened our view a bit.

Normally  we ski out via the more open Sunbeam drainage but we opted for return our up track

thru the trees. Perhaps 6 cars with say a dozen folks up and about .

Robie

 

Edit for pics

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In the beginning there was this

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Then we got sight!


And finally we got

great day !

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Thanks for the report.  We could see the Tatoosh snowfields from Paradise lot while lower sections of Muir snowfield were socked in.  Good to know the warm snow skied well...


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