Peak:  Copeland Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Ouzel Lake
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  bdloftin77
 Date of Info:  06/04/2021
 Date Posted:  06/04/2021

It was fairly dry from the trail head to the Ouzel Lake/Bluebird Lake junction, with only a few solid snow crossings. From there to Ouzel Lake was mostly covered with fairly solid deep snow. From there to the summit was almost all on snow (a few rocky patches that one could choose to take). In the trees, the snow was fairly solid and we only had occasional post-holing. Made the bushwhack really easy. Above treeline the snow varied between fairly firm (sinking only a couple inches) to relatively soft (sinking at least a foot with each step). I tried putting on snowshoes for the softer areas, but it didn't really help too much. Coming back down to the lake, the snow was an even softer mashed potato consistency. We were only able to glissade about half of the slope because plunge stepping ended up being faster for a lot of it. Bluebird skies, warm temperatures, and no wind made the long day rather pleasant. Highly recommend boots,
gaiters, micro spikes, and an ice axe.

Comments or Questions
Posthole Pete
Any photos?
06/05/2021 13:14
Specifically of the east face...

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