Snowshoe Routes: Washington
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Myself and two of my trail mates, headed out from the trail head at about 10 am. We had allowed a small group of boy scouts to head out with a 20 minute head start. It soon became apparent that they were cutting the trail. We enjoyed the freshly cut trail and periods of sunshine that popped through the clouds. The snow was approximately 4-6 feet in depth. We worked our way up and had caught up with the scouts at about 2900 feet in elevation. We then took on the task of cutting the trail. We reached 3280 feet and took a break for a late lunch. We were determining route up the last 700 feet to the ridge when I noticed the barometer drop rather dramatically. We made a decision to descend.
Coming down was an event. We found ourselves executing make shift glissading down the mountain to the Creek. Upon reaching the creek we stopped for a few minutes before coming back the last bit to the trail head. Overall if was a fun day with friends on challenging trail.
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