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Trip Report By

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Hiked Jun 22, 2019

Type of Hike

Overnight

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Trees down across trail,
    Difficult stream crossing(s),
    Muddy or wet trail.

Road

Road recommended for high clearance only

Bugs

Bugs were not too bad

Snow

Snowfields to cross - could be difficult

FOUND: one (almost brand-new) Salewa mountaineering boot, sitting on a log at the south end of Spider Meadows. If you can identity the model and size, we'll get it back to you!

Overnighted at the high camp at Spider Glacier - fantastic views overlooking both Spider Meadows and Phelps Basin!  We found road and trail conditions pretty much as advertised in Stuke's latest trip report - lots of downed trees and creek crossings, but only one deep enough to merit taking off the boots and wading.  No snow worth mentioning until we reached the camp at the base of the Glacier, but there were still plenty of dry sites.  The meadow is not yet in bloom (give it a few weeks yet), but still quite beautiful amidst snowy peaks and waterfalls aplenty!

We also scrambled up to the top of Spider Gap to take a look at the other side, but didn't descend all the way to Upper Lyman Lake.  Pretty consistent snow above 6000ft, but we managed well enough with microspikes and trekking poles.  Campsites around the lake look to be melting out, but we elected to camp on the south side of the gap because weather conditions were considerably more pleasant =)

Comments

Swash Buckler on Spider Gap, Upper Lyman Lake, Spider Meadow and Phelps Basin

I think you found my boot! I had one strapped to each side of my pack and realized one had fallen off after we turned up Leroy Creek trail. Tried to backtrack but was unable to find it (ended up not needing boots because most of the snow was melted on Seven Fingered Jack and Maude). It's a red Salewa Crow size 10 (US Men's).

Please email me at kcoryell0011[at]gmail.com

Thanks!

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Swash Buckler on Jun 24, 2019 10:03 AM

RedBeardRunningClub on Spider Gap, Upper Lyman Lake, Spider Meadow and Phelps Basin

Happy ending! Glad we were able to return this boot to its lost owner =)

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RedBeardRunningClub on Jun 26, 2019 06:12 PM

fleetfeet9 on Spider Gap, Upper Lyman Lake, Spider Meadow and Phelps Basin

Was it Leroy creek that you had to wade through? We are heading here next week and I'm debating bringing a separate pair of shoes for crossings.

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fleetfeet9 on Jun 28, 2019 09:46 AM

RedBeardRunningClub on Spider Gap, Upper Lyman Lake, Spider Meadow and Phelps Basin

No, Leroy was manageable - the creek crossing we waded was within the first mile from the trailhead (Box Creek, according to the FS maps).

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RedBeardRunningClub on Jun 28, 2019 01:51 PM

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hsofia on Jul 06, 2019 05:11 PM