Church Mountain — Sunday, Jul. 24, 2011
Type of HikeDay hike
SnowSnowfields to cross - could be difficult
Snow conditions update: I was surprised to find snow patches remaining near the first small stream crossing, then a couple more just below the meadow. Solid snow begins right at the meadow with no trail melt out. I would estimate an average of 2' to 3' depths with some areas in excess of 5' to 6'. I only went as far as the middle of the meadow, so can't comment on the snow situation higher up, but the slope below the top is still solid snow. On this same date last year, the meadow was mostly melted out, with only a small amount of snow left in the trees at the west end; the upper trail was almost snow free. What a crazy weather year it has been. I saw a marmot sitting on a rock surrounded by snow...I bet he was wondering when summer was going to arrive. On the way up the trail I was puzzled by the number of places where someone had stepped off the down hill side of the path, collapsing the trail edge in some spots. Then I noticed areas of boot marks on the up hill side...why? This mornings Bellingham Herald provided the answer: on Friday, July 22nd, a 74 year old hiker injured his leg in a fall and had to be assisted down by search and rescue volunteers...puzzle solved.