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PostFri Apr 12, 2019 10:33 pm 
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question, i didn't see any trail reports so my guess is no but has anyone been to snoqualmie pass?  is it hikable without snow shoes yet?

also wondered if snoqualmie tunnel is open yet if anyone's been there

one more... what are some clearer trails near seattle for this time of year without driving too far?

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PostFri Apr 12, 2019 10:51 pm 
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There's going to be cross country skiing this weekend at Cabin Creek, about 10 miles east and 600 feet lower than Snoqualmie Pass.  Fresh snow fell last weekend.  But it's getting warmer and the snow is soft, which means you'll posthole constantly without slowshoes.

Trails in the Middle Fork Valley are lower and many are without snow.  Boulder Creek near Darrington is almost always snow free.
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PostSat Apr 13, 2019 11:30 pm 
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thanks for the tips
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PostSun Apr 14, 2019 7:00 am 
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Chuckanuts are good this time of the year. They start just north of Mount Vernon. Can be a bit muddy.

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PostSun Apr 14, 2019 10:23 pm 
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E WA but watch out!! Once them snakes come whippin' out gets to be a world o'hurt!!

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PostSun Apr 14, 2019 11:12 pm 
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I did Si today, as punishment for all the tacos.  Came down the Tenerife loop.  Not much snow at ~4,100 feet.  The trail to the base of the Haystack is basically snow free.  The tick itself has a bit of snow.  Not much, but enough but to mess around yet.  Then you get into the woods where the sun doesn't reach and it's still 6-ok inches deep.
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PostTue Apr 16, 2019 10:03 am 
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shane_6f6e wrote:
also wondered if snoqualmie tunnel is open yet if anyone's been there

Typically the tunnel isn't open until sometime in May


https://palousetocascadestrail.org/info.html
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PostTue Apr 23, 2019 8:47 pm 
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We ended up in the Verlot area for a few days and it was pretty nice, saw bear and mt lion tracks in the snow at the top!
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PostSun Apr 28, 2019 6:25 am 
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Plenty of hiking at Snoqualmie Pass:
(1) Mt Si Old Trail is snow free except for a little at the top.
(2) Bandera is fine all the way to the top of the steep climb after the Mason Lake cutoff and then some snow up to the summit, didn't need traction in the afternoon.
(3) Denny Mountain was fine too, but haven't done anything yet in the Alpental Valley.
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PostSun Apr 28, 2019 8:32 am 
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Wenas Wildlife Area, particularly N and W of the Selah/Ellensburg area is particularly good right now. Greening up beautifully, lots of water, can roam for miles.  Good chance to see a variety of wildlife.
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