Mount Dickerman (Nov 10, 2012)

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dickerman_coverConditions: day hike
Gear: snowshoes (not used)
Map: USGS Bedal
Area: Mountain Loop Highway
Reference: 100 Hikes in Washington's Glacier Peak Region: The North Cascades
Stats: 9mi, 3800' gain (round trip)

Wow...nearly 10 years since my last visit. Nearly 10 years exactly.

Not too much to report on this trail. First 1/2 mile or so is new trail that joins up with old trail. This first stretch is pretty flat. After joining up with the old trail it starts and endless series of switchback as the trail heads up, up, up. First 2.5 miles was nearly snow free. Just before the gully crossing we put on microspike. It was less of an issue of ice and more just compacted snow. The gully crossing is easy. I've been here previous years where the gully crossing was NASTY. Not so today. After the gully, the trail does a few more switchbacks and then enters the meadow areas. Snow was a tad deeper through here but still...just not an issue. A few more longer switchbacks above the meadows and we were at the top (~ 4.5 mi from the TH). No cornices yet up at the summit. We had a couple of short views before clouds and snow moved it so after a short lunch and a couple of photos, time to head down. Snow up at the top was maybe 8-10 inches. The trail is still easy to follow and when the snow is deeper, if you are lucky, there is a trench to the top. Today, it was compacted snow.
Mt Dickerman Slideshow

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