I settled on Glacier View Peak because I was interested in walking the just reopened Woodbury trail, and it seemed a worthy objective in an area of the park I hadn't visited since a disappointing ski trip to Silver Spray many years ago.
Rough calculations led me to expect a 11-12 hour day, although I secretly hoped we'd do it in 10-11. I'm sure there is a good reason why I, a passionate morning-hater, chose such a long day trip that required a savagely early morning rise - I just can't think of it right now. As is the way, the 4:00 am alarm clock sitting a mere foot from my head made it impossible for me to get to sleep much before 3:00 am. Oh what fun!
The brain-addling bounce up the Woodbury Creek FSR enhanced my early morning nausea to the point where eating breakfast was not possible, so when we hit the trail at 6:40 I was once again forced to seriously doubt my sanity. The trail was only very recently opened after a two year closure that followed the fires of 2003. Initially it was in good shape, however once we entered the burned area, the extra sun afforded by the killed trees and the lack of hikers for the last 2 years had allowed the green vegetation to take over the trail. There was a heavy dew the night before (isn't there... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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