Let’s head up to Gladys Divide this Thursday during what looks like it may be a clear or at least non-rainy day. The current forecast calls for rain the night before and the day after our hike.
As of last weekend there is no snow during the first 7.5 miles to Flapjack Lakes. A few parts of the 1.5 miles from the lakes to the divide have patches of snow. I’ll have my trekking poles and might toss in my MicroSPIKES. Please bring the 10 Essentials (including rain gear in case it takes a little while to clear) and carpool money for the driver(s). Total elevation gain is 4,150. The lakes are great and the last mile to the divide is amazing.
Pace will be moderate and steady. I have listed the day as challenging just because it’s an 18 mile round trip with some fairly steep switchbacks and 4,150 feet of vertical gain. I’ll have my harmonica handy in case of bears (though deer and goats have been more common during some of my previous hikes this way).
This is also a posted Mountaineers hike so I will have you complete a Mountaineers guest waiver at the trailhead or you can just go to www.mountaineers.org, sign up for this hike as a guest and click on the waiver.
Three competing forecasts include: 1. Weather Underground for Hoodsport which shows a clear window starting in the morning and continuing past sunset (http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=Hoodsport%2C+WA ), 2. Mountain-forecast.com which shows about the same thing with less detail (http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=Hoodsport%2C+WA), and 3. National Weather Service which is the least positive at a 30% chance of rain during the entire day (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=sew&smap=1&textField1=47.52&textField2=-123.34#.U6kswfldWrg).
Route descriptions include: 1. Flapjack Lakes (http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/flapjack-lakes ) and 2. Gladys Divide which starts at Flapjack Lakes (http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/gladys-divide-primitive ).