Route Question - Gates Estin & Polar Huts
We have a 6 day hut trip next week, two nights at each hut in the following order:
There is some disagreement among the 5 member group on routes/trailheads that boils down to whether or not to do a loop trip or a traverse with a shuttle.
Pros for the loop trip (probably from Sylvan lake) are knowing the car is within 12 miles no matter where you are, and you don't have to pay for a shuttle. Cons are an 11ish mile first day "in" with potential avalanche terrain.
Pros for the traverse trip (Montgomery Flats to West Lake /Edwards) are shorter first and last days (6-7 miles), and less avalanche hazard. Cons are that on the third and fourth days the car will be 15 to 16 miles away removing an easier "out" if needed, and it costs about $40 more per person on shuttle.
I have a definite opinion, which I will keep to myself for now. I want to know what route the buzzards think we should take, particularly if you have been there before.