2011/12/ 18 – Amabilis Mountain / 阿瑪比里斯山

Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day. In search of a rain shadow, I escaped to east of Snoqualmie Pass and settled on Amabilis Mountain. The mostly cloudy weather forecast was better than the rain, so I couldn’t complain.

Snow was blocking the entrance to the trails so everyone had to park on south side of I-90 and walk across the overpass to the north side. The roads were newly groomed for a cross-country ski race that morning. Road #4822 leading to Amabilis summit was groomed all the way to the top even though it didn’t seem to have been part of the race route.

I was able to talk to a few cross-country skiers at the beginning of the hike. Needless to say, as soon as the skiers made the first road junction their stopping point, the rest of the hike was nothing to write home about. I didn’t need to use my snowshoes at all until the ridge. From there, it was maybe a 500-foot hike to the summit that required snowshoes.

No views whatsoever at the summit since the summit was submerged in clouds. I took just long enough time to take a self-portrait and headed back down the mountain.

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