I'll put some trip report details in at the end. My main purpose in writing this is to give a huge shout out to the amazing people who have been using this trail. As I was relaxing on the summit today and enjoying the view and the warm sun, I felt that something was missing. I couldn't be certain as I had not been consciously looking on the way up. I decided to pay more attention on the way down. I kept a keen eye out from the summit to the parking lot.
Here is what I was very happy to confirm: There was ZERO litter along the trail. No orange peels decorating the rocky outcroppings on the summit. Absolutely nothing I could pick up and put in my bag on the way down. There was ZERO used toilet paper "hidden" behind trees or logs. There were ZERO orphaned dog poop bags along the side of the trail. There were plenty of humans, and dogs, who could easily have contributed an abundance of the above, but the trail is absolutely pristine! Let's keep it that way. Better yet, let's work to get all trails in this condition. This one, on this day, proves it is possible!
Trip report details:
* Lots of wildflowers, especially arrowleaf balsamroot which is a bit past its prime, but still nice. Some random trillium here and there, and lots of glacier lilies up top and a variety of others.
* Just a few lingering snow patches near the top that should pose no problems.
* In addition to being clean as noted above, the trail is in great shape: no blowdowns, no washouts, not too rocky.
* This is a warm trail--bring plenty of water. After a couple early stream crossings, there are no water sources all the way to the summit, unless you're willing to sample some snow that is well past its "use by" date.
* No facilities at the trailhead (makes the absence of tp along the trail all the more remarkable!)
* Forest Service road is in good shape up until the very end. The creek should be crossable by most vehicles, but many (probably most) opt to park before crossing it. Its an easy walk to the TH, so crossing it in your vehicle isn't going to give you that much of an advantage and there is a well beaten boot path on the right side of the road to easily cross it on foot.