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[pct-l] Re: Snowpack in Wa.

on 12/30/02 10:00 AM, CMountainDave@aol.com wrote:

I completely agree with Dave. In 2001 we had a low snow year. I was at Harts
Pass on June 24th and it was virtually snow free. But that was a rare winter
and it looks like we may have a more normal one this year. If you are
determined to do a through hike and only have one year in your life to do
it, then I'd opt for much better odds by starting at Campo and heading

Tom Griffin
PCT Pages: http://staff.washington.edu/griffin/pct.html

> From: CMountainDave@aol.com
> Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 12:50:18 EST
> Subject: [pct-l] Snowpack in Wa.
> I belive January is going to be a key month for those who might want to do a
> South bound hike. After this eries of storms , snowpack will be about 50% of
> normal, at best, in the Wa. Cascades.
> If 3 of 4 weeks in January are dry it will be below 50% going into
> Feb. and it would take a very stormy March to get anywhere near normal.
> If it storms a bunch in Jan, then all bets are off, but high freezing levels
> could still save the day.
> I would check the date that the North Cascade highway reopens through Rainy
> Pass. If it's way early, that would be a real good sign. Ditto for the road
> to Harts pass. Remember, the Pasayten wilderness gets much less snow than
> Glacier Peak wilderness because it is somewhat in the rain shadow of the
> North Cascades where it would be quite rare to see the snow mostly gone by
> June. But it has happened.
> How about June 10 - Nov -20