Headed up here for an early-season trip. I expected to run into snow at some point, and I did, at the lower meadow. The hike is almost completely burned from the Cascade and Cougar Creek fires in recent years. No shade and hot.
First, the flowers.
These were growing between snow drifts in the meadow
The snow started quite suddenly when I reached the end of the burn and green trees, and then I got to the lowest Gotchen Meadow
But I found a melted spot to pitch camp
Larger view of my oasis in the snow
That afternoon I snowshoed up a mile to the Round the Mountain Trail
At one point I got cold feet ;)