5.63 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain • 1 night

Had a busy Saturday, so trip near town worked perfect - started at 8:15 pm, up ski lift road by moonlight (no flashlight needed), camped in the same location. It was awesome night, so clear and bright! On Sunday woke up to smoke and it quickly became hot, I explored more ridges, then found a shady spot to sit and read, with great view of the mountain. Amazing how much water runs off on a hot day, but all the snowfields still there after 2 weeks. Flowers OTOH change fast - a couple weeks ago they were just starting above Timberline trail; now they're past peak at timberline and 30-40% gone below the trail, but still at their best on the upper slopes.