I was able to get out and hike a big loop: from the Sturtevant parking lot (out of Chantry Flat) to the summit of Mount Wilson and then down the Winter Creek.
My friend Jason and I got out around 7am. Immediately we noticed just how high the water levels were (VERY high!). I don’t think I’ve ever seen the bodies of water we saw at such a high level.
We passed Spruce Grove and Sturtevant. The trial is tame til then or so, but it gets steeper past a few miles. The trail was in good shape, even with our recent rains. When we reached about 4800′ or so, we began to see more and more snow and so we put on our crampons (Jason has microspikes). My Katula crampons worked pheonomenally. We hung around at the top for a bit and then descended down the mostly gentle Winter Creek (upper) Trail. Though, it is worth mentioning that some trees and rock falls have made this path a bit trickier. Overall, a lot of fun out there today, especially with the snow/crampon stuff.
Total Distance: 15 miles
Elevation Gain: 5301 feet
Temperature: upper 50’s going up, 50 degrees at the top.
Terrain: well maintained trail. snow (crampons necessary) above 4900.’
Calories burned: 4,804
Backpack: REI Flash 30
Shoes: Salomon Quest 4d boots
Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Contour Elliptical
Water consumed: 2 liters
Electrolyte beverage consumed: 12 oz of Hammer Heed/Perpetuem/Crystal Lite
Food consumed: 6 Hammer Gels, 1 honey stinger gel, some cheese/crackers, and a package of lime shotbloks.
Estimate of calories consumed: 1,100