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A lot of FB posts about this. According to reports, New Army Pass no longer has a cornice, but it has an almost vertical 15' wall of snow and ice that is turning back almost everyone. Some folks with ice axe/crampons have gone through.
I just found the below update on the national park website:
Old Army Pass: 8/22 - Snow fields are avoidable with some class 3 scrambling. No gear necessary but extreme caution is still urged. Navigation skills are a must.This is an unmaintained trail.
New Army Pass: 8/22 - Clear of snow. No gear necessary
I'm heading to this area in a few days also, and although I like the shorter Army Pass route, I plan to go the safer New Army alternative unless the class 3 scrambles miraculously become class 2 in a few day's time.
Old Army Pass (September 25, 2017). It's in pretty good shape when I did it on yesterday's day hike to Langley, probably 1/2 dozen hikers used it each day this week, and although several landslides near the top, the trail bypassing them is quite well worn now.
Great photo. It's amazing to see it be late September and so little evidence of fall color in the plant life. I've still seen wildflowers that are normally long gone by now. Thanks for the beautiful pic!