Yes, we had about a dozen people on the canyon rescue. So lots of help to carry in ropes and equipment.
Someone mentioned having not seen the rescue in the news. I would roughly estimate only 10% of our calls get into the news media. Oregon sheriffs log about 1100 SAR calls a year. Our team PNWSAR gets in on about 65 of these; primarily in Clackamas County, or more generally within ~150 miles of Portland.
We have a great group. If anyone is interested in more info PM me or take a look at PNWSAR.org
PS Was at Zigzag Canyon/PCT Sunday, very little snow on trail. Was on Vista Ridge Trail yesterday (Monday) snow begins to cover parts of the trail at 5500’.
This forum is used to share your experiences out on the trails.
The trail to Paradise Park may still have a couple of snow hills on the trail, but not bad.
My anecdotal method of determining the earliest time that the trail is reasonably doable (though not snow free) was 7/6/18 and 7/7/19, so if snow is similar this spring Is say that’s a reasonable early date (IMHO)