Cascades Snow Level at 3,500 Feet

Cascades Snow Level at 3,500 Feet

roger
roger

June 19th, 2003, 2:01 pm #1

Snow is melting at an average pace from the Cascade and Olympic foothills, and most wilderness managers report hiking trails below 3,000 feet are now open and hikable - although often a bit muddy.
But hikers and climbers should expect to find patches of snow covering mountain pathways around 3,500 feet, and more snow as they hike higher. Mount Rainier's Paradise area, at 5,400 feet, still has roughly 5 feet of snow covering the ground in some places.
"Above 4,800 feet elevation, it's going to be fairly thickly snow-covered," said Mike Connolly, interpretive park ranger for Mount Rainier National Park's west district. "Trying to travel great distances in the park without snow is still a bit of a challenge."
Most high trails will have snow until early July. If the melt rate stays steady, the first alpine wildflowers should emerge on schedule in mid-July, and the peak season for wildflowers will likely arrive at the end of July or beginning of August.
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Jon M
Jon M

June 19th, 2003, 7:01 pm #2

Try 8-10 feet in shady places around Paradise - I was just there, and the snow is still deep!
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patrick
patrick

June 20th, 2003, 3:22 am #3

If not tell us about your hike.
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Jon M
Jon M

June 20th, 2003, 2:17 pm #4

Was not there to attempt to summitt, or even go on a super long hike -just their with the family - hiked as long as my 78-year old dad could go
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