Snowshoe Routes: Washington
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
We attempted this trail on foot without snowshoes. The first half was great (but a lot of downed trees), but half way up we met the snow. Which was a pain because it was all meltey and slushey. However - the view from the top was absolutely amazing and definitely worth it!
Beautiful sunny day.. no new snow.. didn't even use our snowshoes, just our "boot chains". The trail was well used and easy to follow. Trees over the trail in several spots were annoying, but do-able. The lake was mostly frozen and the surroundings were like a postcard, sparkling snow against a crystal clear blue sky <sigh> Took us about 2 hours in and 1 1/2 out.. well worth it!!!
Beautiful trail leading through peaceful winter wonderland. We didn't need snowshoes for the first mile but they were handy afterwards since we were the first group out there that day and had to break the trail.
There were very visible signs of recent wind storm along the trail, especially in the lower part. We had to climb over few trees but generally the trail is in a good condition and makes for a very enjoyabale winter adventure.
The weather was great. There were several downed trees at the begining of the trail that made it a little confusing to find the trail. The snow was packed down pretty hard from all the snowshoe and foot traffic. I didnt need to wear my snowshoes. However due to many icy spots I wished I had some Yaktracks or other traction device. But despite the ice it was a great hike with modest elevation gain and great views at the end of the trail.
There was hardly any snow until half way up. The trail was like walking through a stream or creek. Very Wet! The Lake was beautiful.
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