This opens with the north side of White Mtn. above the milky glacier-fed headwaters of the White Chuck River in Washington's Glacier Peak Wilderness. We did the scramble described; the terrain is relatively gentle, not a challenge for Gwynnie.
The whole basin is a subalpine wonderland, calm and quiet but for the ubiquitous burbling of the streams.
We're gonna stay up here until an hour past the last minute, hike out in the dark, and start driving home just before the first raindrops of winter fall.