2021 Snow Level

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Charley » April 30th, 2021, 10:19 pm

dmthomas49 wrote:
April 29th, 2021, 2:23 pm
PCT about 1 mile from 3 Corner Rock. 3,000ft.
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Crap like this is why I am super picky about where I hike in the spring (I refuse to hike on snow; climbing is different).

It's so perversely inconvenient to have snow covering only the trail.

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by drm » May 1st, 2021, 6:46 am

Snow likes flat surfaces.

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Chip Down » May 1st, 2021, 7:19 am

If only there was some way to travel without using a trail. :geek:

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Webfoot » May 1st, 2021, 10:46 am

Chip Down wrote:
May 1st, 2021, 7:19 am
If only there was some way to travel without using a trail. :geek:
:lol:

I have none of your grit or skill but off-trail is much fun. :mrgreen:

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Chip Down » May 4th, 2021, 6:22 pm

Rd 68 from Grassy Knoll TH to the PCT crossing. A few bits of snow. Pic below is as close as it came to being a problem. Around 3200'.
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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Charley » May 5th, 2021, 5:41 pm

Chip Down wrote:
May 1st, 2021, 7:19 am
If only there was some way to travel without using a trail. :geek:
Ha! I believe I understand the logic of your sentiment, but again, I'm making a distinction between...

-"hiking" (following a trail, unless I'm in Eastern Oregon and there's only dirt roads or sagebrush slopes)

-and all other wilderness travel (such as non-trail or off-trail activities like scrambling, backcountry skiing, climbing, etc. I enjoy each of these activities every year, but see them as quite different from one another).

If I want to go "hiking" around Portland, it's on a trail. For me, the point of a trail is that it allows relatively fast travel through forested terrain. Given that logic, it makes no logical sense to either travel parallel to a snowed-in trail, or constantly slip and slide in my boots on old, crappy snow on a sidehill. I also miss being able to see the plants on the ground. I just go hiking somewhere snow-free, or instead go snow climbing, skiing, etc.

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Chip Down » May 6th, 2021, 2:23 pm

Sunset Hemlock Road yesterday:
I absolutely got shut down hard at 3200'.
That surprised me, as nearby Mowich Butte was clear nearly to the top, slightly above 3400'.
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This is where I started to get discouraged. I went a little higher, but just for fun. I knew I'd be turning back soon. A hundred feet above this, coverage was complete (not just on road).
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That bit of snow on Adams is still hanging in there.

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Aimless » May 6th, 2021, 7:37 pm

No photos, but I hiked up the Cast Creek trail from near the Riley Horse Camp in Old Maid Flats and I encountered just a bit of patchy snow from 3900 feet on and nearly solid snow cover at just slightly under 4000 ft.

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