Last hiking slash scrambling slash snowshoeing slash climbing trip of 2017!
Parking lot had only two cars parked on a sheet of ice when we arrived in late morning.
Due to a higher chance of snowfall in the mountains on Christmas Day, we postponed our trip to today.
With more snow in the forecast today, I stayed west of the Cascades and resorted to another one of our Puget Sound area off-season go-to places.
The area had more snow when we last visited two Decembers ago. Temperature reading of 17°F at the start of the hike, felt much colder than being in higher elevations in the mountains.
Bacon Creek Road (NF-1060) was clear of obstacles and with a dusting of snow beyond the first mile.
Original plan of spending the day in Salmon La Sac area fell through due to poor weather conditions.
The awesome weekend weather was too good to pass up, especially after yesterday’s outing
Thanks to a recent report from NorthBen of this place I had wanted to visit but uncertain of the road conditions and accessibility this time of the year.
In searching of a shorter outing today, we resorted to this one of my off-season favorites
Staying close to home and taking advantage of the rain after 4 PM forecast, pup and I set off to this oldie
Crystal Mountain Boulevard was clear of snow and ice despite low morning temperatures, no problem getting to the gated Gold Hill Road