18 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Sure wish I could still post photos here... Futurecast showed solid green all damn day. NOAA was predicting thundersnow. To hell with them, huh? If you want drama in the blastzone, defy the forecasts! Simply spectacular day, and the weather did NOT disappoint. Wild crazy clouds were with us all day long. It snowed, big badass flakes at times, twice during the day. We walked 5 of the last 6 miles in unrelenting wintry-mix precip, as temps dropped into the upper-30s. As we approached JRO on return, the skies opened up, and we actually saw the entire volcano. Tried to get over to Step Falls, but Loowit Creek was raging far beyond the "ford it for fun!" (twice, no less!) point. Oh, and did I mention goats? Holy-freakin-crap, did we see goats!



Woodswalker hearts this trip.