Thought I'd give a quick update of LCW conditions. I'll try to post pictures tonight. We headed out from the Payne Creek/Brookside TH on Friday. We were going to do a loop that went Brookside McCurdy - Lost Park - Rolling Creek -Payne Creek. There was a lot of snow above about 9500ft on Brookside McCurdy (north facing with lots of tree cover). We turned back at about 11,000ft because the drifts were getting to be 4-5ft deep and going was slow. Day 2 we went back to check out the Payne Creek trail. There was very little snow over on that side. I looked like snow was minimal up to 11,000ft except on north facing slopes. All in all the conditions were great but flexibility is required right now.
We saw very similar tracks over on Payne creek but thought they were bear tracks. I was counting 5 pads on the tracks we saw (lions have 4 right?).