Jan 03, 2013
Jan 04, 2013 04:16 PM
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
Back side of haystack, that ascent will wait for summer.
It's always nice when a storm is 'late' and it turns out being a sunny day up on the hill, just hit this hiking window right. Starting out at 10 AM it was 36 degrees at the trailhead and slightly windy. Higher up it remained below freezing but the wind died down. There is one blowdown to step over near the top but otherwise no obstacles. Recent traffic packed the trail surface and freeze/thaw cycles make it very slick in spots. Lots of folks in running or casual shoes turned back at about the 2.5 mile mark. Bring some kind of spikes and poles for best results, always a good idea from now to mid-April. Higher up the pack was cold enough to be 'crunchy'. The top has some snow but not deep. The storm after this hike last night certainly dropped some fresh so conditions are different now.
Typical trail above about the 2 mile point this time of year
Rainier and Rattlesnake lake
Windy on Rainier today