North Twenty Mile Mountain 7420′, Winthrop, WA.
With so much early unsettled weather we finally made it up the Chewuch Rd. a major portal for hikes in and around Winthrop and the Eastern Pasayten Wilderness and decided on North Twenty Mile Mountain with an elevation of 7420′, a lookout, actually two lookouts, and perfectly positioned to give a 360 degree overview of peak, ridge, and valley conditions early season. This day hike took place in June 2019 and after the near full sun hike to the summit we were pleasantly surprised at the negligible snow cover even at 7-8k’, it had been a low snow year for this area according to snotel data and local gear store owners, hikers, backpackers etc.. and it was obvious from our vantage point. As I looked out I was just amazed at the overall devastation of everything around me for miles and miles just burned trees and predominantly barren mountains quite a few of the areas we had hiked and backpacked over the years it was a shock and awe experience. I remember when I lived back East and read about the Pasayten Wilderness it was described as “America’s last wild place” because of the rich biodiversity and seclusion of the area. Now not so much. We did get some questions answered regarding backcountry access before heading back down and spending a couple days reconning roads and trails in the Pasayten and Sawtooth Wilderness areas.