Cascade Canyon 2017

August 15, 2017
Both forks are snow-free.
July 31, 2017
Snow-free to the Forks and Lake Solitude.  Patches remain in lake basin.  South Fork has lingering snow above the junction with the Avalanche Divide spur trail.  Campsites in both forks are snow-free.
Photo of Cascade Canyon, Forks and Lake Solitude.
July 17, 2017

North Fork camping zone sites are mostly snow free.  Some sites remain snowy or wet.  Snow on the trail leading to Lake Solitude, but there is a well worn path.  Steep, firm patches of snow along the switchbacks leading to Paintbrush Divide, which require ice axe for safe passage.
 Lake Solitude from the switchbacks below Paintbrush Divide

 Many patches of steep, firm snow cross the switchbacks below Paintbrush Divide, and require an ice axe for safe passage.

Looking up at the trail leading to Paintbrush Divide from the trail leading to Lake Solitude

July 7, 2017
North Fork camping zone bottom three sites melted out.  Last two thirds of camping zone all snow through Lake Solitude.

July 2, 2017
All snow after the first few campsites in North Fork.  South Fork has 3 or 4 dry campsites in the Lower Zone.

June 26, 2017 Trail is clear of snow to the Cascade Canyon Forks.
The South Fork has 3 or 4 dry campsites in the Lower Zone. The Group site bear box is clear but tent sites are under snow. Solid snow (6+ feet of snow) above the South Fork Group Site. The North Fork trail is under snow from a point just above the Forks.  All snow around Lake Solitude.  Hazardous over-snow travel exists up to Paintbrush Divide.
North Fork Cascade Canyon and Lake Solitude.
Upper South Fork Cascade Canyon and Hurricane Pass.

June 4, 2017
10% snow on horse trail. 10% Snow to Cascade Forks. 100% snow in North and South Forks.
May 22, 2017
80% snow on horse trail getting up into canyon, 100% snow in canyon.