It’s almost time to turn the calendar page to May (if you actually still have one of those printed calendar things) but apparently the Northwest missed the memo. Tonight’s forecast alone is calling for another foot of snow on the upper slopes of Rainier and Helens with another system on the way just shortly behind it as well. Crazy!
Amazing as the endless snowfall is, it has also made this winter challenging and at times simply frustrating. After all, without many breaks it’s been hard to truly enjoy the mountains either up high thanks to the plentiful and avalanche-prone snowpack or even at lower points where rain has inundated trails. However, on those rare days where the weather has cleared the results have been absolutely spectacular; it’s really beyond words out there. Today was the first time I really got to explore Mount Rainier this season where the snowpack currently sits around 125% of average and is night and day from just a few years ago in the 2014-2015 season without (much of) a winter.
While I know many people are looking forward to the snow free days of summer to hit the dirt trail there’s really nothing like the view of a snowcapped mountain. Winter will eventually relent and allow for
Spring summer days that are sure to be something else. I can’t wait to get back out there!