With the lack of snow one can get to the ridge above Snow Lake or drop down to the lake without snowshoes at this point in time. We used traction foot wear ("Yaktrax" or "Microspikes") and trekking poles help. This trail is heavily used so lots of hard-packed snow and or some ice. These are the conditions for now.
With the wet and windy forecast for today 12-10 and 12-11 the weather would be better on this Friday 12-12 or Saturday 12-13 to hike.
|Snow Lake @ Denis DuBois|
|Melt + freezing=ice @ Denis DuBois|
|Views on the way up|
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52. Turn left (north), and continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot.
Trail Stats: Hike to junction with Snow Lake Trail (go to right) at Source Lake Junction. Total distance to Snow Lake is 6 miles roundtrip and about 1400' gain.
Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.
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