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Snow in the High Country: Are You Prepared?

Posted by Anna Roth at Oct 17, 2014 10:50 AM |

As we head into the heart of autumn, much of Washington is ablaze in fall color. But at high elevations, those vivid colors are being accented by a stark white background. Do you know what you need when you head into the backcountry as autumn progresses into winter?

As we head into the heart of autumn, much of Washington is ablaze in fall color, with red huckleberry bushes, bright yellow larches, and deep blue skies. But at high elevations, those vivid colors are being accented by a stark white background.

Trip reporters have been surprised by snow from Lake Ingalls to the Enchantments to High Pass in the Central Cascades. While fall hiking can be some of the best Washington has to offer, it's good to go into the backcountry prepared for a variety of conditions. Use some of our resource pages listed below to prepare for whatever weather you might come across out there.

Resources for fall hiking

Lake Ingalls - Headlight Basin

Read nnylyssim's full trip report

Headlight Basin in Snow nnylyssim
A flurry of snow caught nnylyssim and her hiking buddy at Lake Ingalls recently. Photo by nnylyssim.

Heather-Maple Pass

Read Sean P.'s full trip report

Larches at Maple Pass Sean P.
Larches glow vibrantly against new-fallen snow in Maple Pass. Photo by Sean P.

Enchantement Lakes - Aasgard Pass

Read joejoezz's full trip report

Colchuck Lake in snow joejoezz
Trip reporter joejoezz caught the changing of the seasons as he neared the top of Aasgard Pass. Photo by joejoezz.

Upper Enchantments Basin

Upper Enchantments in Snow joejoezz
And once he arrived at the summit, snow created an even more otherworldly appearance. Photo by joejoezz.

Buck Creek Pass - High Pass

Read LDistel's full trip report

Sir Hikes A Lot in High Pass LDistel
Sir-Hikes-A-Lot takes a moment out of a 34-mile trail run to enjoy the incredible peaks near High Pass. Photo by LDistel.

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