Nice fluffy snow today. It has been dry enough with no thawing the hard crusty "Cascade concrete" has not had a chance to form. The lower part of the trail has about two to four inches on it. The higher I went the deeper it became. Once I was on the cutoff to the lake the depth was about a foot. When I got to the lake I went along the north slope to the west end and that was a chore as I was breaking trail through about fourteen inches. I did make it but I could see that attempting to go up toward the rock garden was going to be to much of a challenge today. I didn't use snowshoes, but I did use micro-spikes and gaiters. That was fine until I got into the deep snow. With powder like snow there was no need at least to worry about post-holing.
The "partly sunny" forecast was not be unless I counted a few minutes on the descent around 1pm. Most of the day there were threatening clouds to the south that had a darn right ominous look to them. The entire trail would certainly be good for snowshoes.