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Snow-levels are now quite manageable. The flowers are out at McNeil Point and the vistas are spectacular.
Added notes: As of 7/7/17, some sections have snow banks but it's all very passable. Be aware that a few stream crossings require extra caution.
For anyone planning an express hike around the mountain, just be aware that, as of 7/7/17, there is significant winter blow-down remaining on the Timberline Trail. It's passable but slower going. A trail steward team said there will be crews dispersed in the coming weeks to help clear sections. Just sayin...
Note that the last three miles to the trail head past Morrison Creek Campground is very rough and narrow, so drive carefully. You may want a high-centered car or 4wd. If you are coming late at night, you may consider camping at Morrison Creek to avoid a late-night car-to-car encounter on the road. From what I hear, the snow is, for the most part, cleared on the road up.
Great walk up to the riverbed through lush forests. Clouds obscured Mt. Hood but the hike still included beautiful views. Be aware that in August and September, the Pacific Northwest woods include yellow jackets. (One of them reminded me of their presence today!)
Green Lakes still has snow and lots of it. That said, it shouldn't discourage you from making the hike up this June, especially if it
sunny and you're ambitious. All of it is hard pack and there are some wonderful "islands" of land for camping in the middle of the saddle between Broken Top and South Sister. The trail gets progressively snowier as your approach the pass: be prepared to bushwack ("snowwack"?) your way. Have fun!
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