We got a 4am start on Sun in hopes of getting one of the star couliors, by the time we made it to the turn off to drop into the basin we were not feeling great about the snow freezing the night before, we had be postholing on the way up to that point (wore crampons, no Snowshoes), the idea of crossing that snow section and having to cross it again later if the coulior in fact was not great was not worth our chances. There also appeared to be cornices at the top of them. we headed up the ridge from that point, we has sections of snow and rock crossings. If you stuck to more of the summer path you would have snow the whole way. Skiers came up behind us as we were leaving the summit. we were then engulfed by a white out and used GPS to get us back down as we could not see anything a head of us. the trail from the parking lot to the base of the glacier was a mix of soft snow and dirt trail to the sides.
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