I started just before 7:30AM on an abnormally hot July day—fortunately it was still nice and cool up high. The Winds have melted out relatively early this year and often times Downs Mountain will be snow covered into mid-July. I timed my ascent just right with snow firm enough to run on, but soft enough to kick steps into as well. There is plenty of water on Goat Flat, Downs Mountains, and a few streams along the Glacier Trail. The final descent back to Trail Lake TH was baking hot!
up & down
7h 17m 12s