So, last week marktaff and I were able to drive up to check out the pit location, and see what's what. The good news is that there wasn't any snow. The bad news is what we already knew, but visually confirmed..
On the way up, passed this sign:
Got there to find this sign:
And noticed the obvious lack of 'use' in such an area proclaimed as 'HIGH USE' in the previous sign. As you can see it was a beautiful summer day, about 10am on a Friday. The only one of *12* parking spaces was being used, by a fire-pit.
The elevation at this point is 3400 ft. The ridge line is at about 3850 ft. Ooh, I can drive up miles of logging road, and park near the top, and hike up that last 450 ft of elevation gain (on Weyerhaeuser land). Sounds great!! I can see why this is such a prime spot for outdoor recreation!