12 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •
Was supposed to be a bluebird day and it started out that way. We made fast time to the lower Ellinore TH in microspikes. Switched to snowshoes and slowed down a bit. At the point where the summer and winter route splits all tracks had disappeared, and the snow was deep and heavy. Difficult to manage the steep slopes in snowshoes. As we made our way up to the base of the chutes, the sky closed up, winter descended on us and it started to snow-lost all visibility. We were pooped and couldnt imagine how we were going to climb that chute- with crampons we'd post holing really deep.just two of us to break trail. With no chance of a view, we decided to call it. Rats.