Snow continues to elude north-east Oregon, as well as the rest of the lower 48. There is snow out there, it just needs to be found.
Emily and I hiked the West Fork yesterday, still a lot of bare ground out there but I was able to spot some windblown snow on the southern portion of Hurwall Divide, just above Ice Lake.
I was able to follow the summer trail to Ice Lake most of the way, dodging rocks and bare ground at lower elevations. The last couple of miles were easy skinning, with a 1500′ boot pack straight up the ridge.
As always, the views from the top were amazing. There’s a lifetime of exploration to be done in this little corner of the state. 18 miles round trip were well worth the 1500 vertical feet of consistent, smooth, buttery turns.