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Accessibility from nearest trailhead or parking: Not accessible to the public
Comments: I paused at the top of the steep switchback segment of the trail to eat and rest briefly. Many people were continuing on to the falls overlook. I took the trail to Eagle Peak, and immediately was treated to the kind of peaceful backcountry experience I enjoy the most. Great rock formations continued on the right as I dodged large mounds of snow. I began to wonder if snow would prevent me from getting to the peak as I didn't bring snowshoes. Some time later I entered a small valley and was wandering through trees when I spotted two women. They stopped to talk and it seems they were from Austria and could not find the trail to Eagle Peak because of the snow, so they were headed back. As we talked, a man approached from the other direction and it turned out to be a ranger, who asked if we had seen the mother bear with cubs which was about 300 yards away. I hadn't seen it. We all parted ways and I found the swampy area that the two women talked about. With some difficulty I followed the trail, which was entirely under snowmelted water in places, until I reached the far end of the swamp and stopped to filter some drinking water. I still had not found the cutoff trail and now the snow was uniformly thick. Another few hundred yards and I came to a side-trail to Eagle Peak. However it was hard to follow so I just headed up where my intuition said the ridge and trail must be. After some distance, I found the trail and shortly was enjoying the superlative view at Eagle Peak. 4000 feet of elevation gain!
Photo info:Photographer: Erik Goetze Lens: 24mm Film: unknown Exposure: @f22
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