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Let's try and squeeze in a Saturday snow adventure before the wet weather comes back that evening. Destination to be revealed at the Park & Ride in the morning, but expect something similar to my other winter trips. Something in the 8-mile round-trip range, with[masked] feet of gain. We'll pick something out I-90, with about an hour max drive time, for ease of access. Winter hiking experience required - snow, ice and steep hiking conditions. Rain and freeze/thaw conditions throughout this week means slushy and/or icy conditions in spots. There's been no snow to speak of in nearly two weeks, so snowshoes are likely to remain strapped to our packs this time. Spikes and ice axe will definitely be required. What to Bring: Required: Snowshoes, ice axe, traction devices (microspikes), cloth mask Ten essentials, food (lunch + snacks), tasty beverage to toast at the summit, 2-3 liters water, headlamp/flashlight, waterproof hiking boots, gaiters, pack, layers to keep warm/cool/dry in variable winter hiking conditions, shell/windbreaker, sun protection (glasses, sunscreen), camera, a keen sense of adventure. Weather forecast for Saturday in the Snoqualmie Pass area shows clear skies for the the morning, clouds developing late, with temperatures hovering right around freezing, and low to moderate wind (5-10mph). Hike Stats: Starting Elevation: ? Summit Elevation: ? Total Gain: ~3500 feet Round Trip Distance: ~8 miles Expect an all-day adventure, returning late afternoon / early evening. Trailhead Driving Directions: Find out in the morning. Northwest Forest Pass may be required to park at the trailhead. We'll avoid any destination that requires the Sno Park permit.
Hike Update: Looks like we have solid weather forecast now, and I have decided to do Round Mountain near Darrington. I have been planning to do this little peak for a long time but did not have a chance. It is new to me, so I am excited. I don’t expect it will be too hard, but do not take it lightly either because it is the first time. It is about 6-8 miles round trip depending on how far we can drive up, and[masked] ft gain. From what I read, there are good views. https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/routes-places/round-mountain Gear Standard winter snowshoe hike. I will bring my ice axe just in case. Don’t forget headlamp as we might head down in the dark. Driving Direction: Take a look at the Mountaineering link above. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am hoping it will be brighter next weekend, and I will head to a mountain where there are good views. I want views of some North Cascade peaks this time. But if the weather is not so good, then I like to explore the east side of the ridge that connects to North Chiwaukum (Baldy). If all goes well, we can get to a small peak, about 6600 ft., above Ethel Lake. If it is too steep or exposed, we can also drop down to Ethel Lake and call it our destination or turn around. Both targets are about 4 miles one way and 4k gain. I am hoping to have a few partners to join me. It would be great if you happen to be on my Chiwaukum Peaks trip, you will have a good undersanding of the area. I post a picture of my route plan. (a) Purple line is peak 6600 ft., (b) Blue line is Ethel Lake, (c) Orange line is the base camp for upcoming Chiwaukum Peaks trip in March. Again, this trip is a backup trip for a purpose. By Wed/Thurs I should know exactly where we will go. If we happen to this destination, we will park off Hwy 2. I think any vehicle will be fine, but it is nice to have 4x4.
The Bernie Sanders meme has become all the rage. I have succumbed to the temptation to post Bernie in several of my photos. I would love to see Bernie in some of the meetup photos. No need to RSVP. Just add the Bernie (or other meme) to any of your meetup photos (past or present) and post in the photos section of this meetup. The app I use for this is: https://www.kapwing.com/explore/bernie-sanders-sitting-in-a-chair-with-mittens-meme-template Just find a photo you want to substitute in, follow the instructions. Download and post. Be creative. Looking forward to what people come up with.
Pending clear skies, plans are to meet at Greenlake Park and Ride @ 5 p.m. and make tracks for Gold Creek. Cloudy skies cancels. (Will check weather ahead of time and day of). It's beautiful on the trail in the moonlight. Make sure to have a good headlamp and backup form of light. Bring your hot beverage and a snack to enjoy out at the lake. Should take about 2 hours to casually make our way around the lake. Have your own skis and equipment and at least a few cross country trips under your belt. It's cooler at night, so bring those layers. Transportation; I'm holding off carpooling for a few more weeks until I get my second vaccine. Feel free to carpool as you desire, just know drivers will need a SnoPark Pass. Unclear whether they check for passes at night, but tickets are pricey if they do. Rough Itinerary: 5 p.m. Meet at the Greenlake Park and Ride 5:15 p.m. Make tracks for Gold Creek 6 p.m. Strap on skis 6:15 p.m. Start journey out to the lake 6:45 p.m. Snack/Hot beverage/photo stop 7:10 p.m. Skirt around the lake 8:00 p.m. Head for cars 8:15 p.m. Make tracks for westside 9:00 p.m. Fond farewells at Greenlake Park and Ride