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First mile the trail is okay. After that the trail is covered with ice and snow. The ridge is covered in ice and snow and difficult to transverse.
Traction devices strongly recommended based on a hike October 8.
Flat Top Trail
Trail from Bear Lake to turn clear, then patches of ice on trail up to treeline. At treeline and above, 8" to 12" of snow on trail, with reports from other hikers coming down of deeper snow higher up the trail. Traction devices recommended up to treeline and snowshoes recommended above that.
Nymph, Dream, Emerald, Haiyaha
Right before Dream Lake there is a large patch of ice people were slipping on without traction devices or going around area.. Snow and slush on trail approaching Emerald. Ice patch right before Emerald Lake. (Bridges are slick in the morning from frost) Heading from Dream to Haiyaha there are ice fields that are hard to get around. Microspikes were helpful. The parts of the trail that aren't icy are slushy/muddy. Coming down from Haiyaha towards the Loch/Mills Junction trail was less icy.
North Longs Trail to Boulderbrook to Glacier Creek Trail
North Longs Trail had ice and snow patches lower down on the trail with more ice patches when approaching the splitoff to Boulderbrook. Poles are are helpful towards the top. Boulderbrook Trail had ice and snow higher up but was dry lower down. Poles are useful for upper portion. Glacier Creek Trail ice/snow free. Muddy in spots.
Visitor was backpacking in Wild Basin for multiple days. Reported that by the last day the lower trails were snow free and dry but approaching the lakes there is a lot of ice. Going towards Thunder there are many long icy patches. Visitor wished he had crampons. There were icy patches before Ouzel Lake as well but not as bad as the approach to Thunder.
Last two miles of trail snow covered but well postholed. This helped!
One to two inches of snow on the trail. Snow turned slushy in the afternoon. Traction devices were used as well as waterproof boots and gaiters.
Wonderful hike. No snow on trails. Aspen in full color!
Visitor reported waking up to 12 inches of snow this morning at the Lawn Lake site. On his hike down he reported hip deep drifts.
Bear to Fern Lake Trailhead
A few wet spots near the 2-mile mark after all the rain this week. More problematic, ice and snow on the trail as it steeply descends the gorge. The snow isn't particularly deep or slippery, but the ice patches (that can't be avoided) are very slick. Trekking poles definitely helped. Absolutely wear shoes with good traction.The ice covers about 75 yards of the rocky trail above Odessa Lake.