I'm posting this mostly to give people an update on conditions up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie.
Past Mailbox trailhead the Middle Fork Road was covered in increasing amounts of hard-packed snow and ice. I drove about 2 mi. beyond the Middle Fork bridge and parked at the trailhead for the road that connects to the CCC Road/Trail. There wasn't any risk of high centering, but it was plenty slick, especially in the stretch before the bridge. There were a couple of places that felt sketchy because construction has reduced the road to one narrow lane above a steep bank. There were also several weird spots where water has melted out chunks of the snowpack on the road and left wide, steep-sided pothole-puddles that were impossible to gauge the depth of. I scraped the underside of my Outback getting through two of them. Bottom line, you should think twice about driving this road right now if all you have is a front wheel drive sedan and street tires.
I hiked and snowshoed up the South Bessemer Road to the switchback at 2900 ft., where I decided to call it a day. The snowpack varied from a few inches in depth to a couple of feet, and was mostly granular with interspersed crusty layers - not the greatest for travel. The weather, surprisingly, was brilliant, all blue skies and sunshine. It was much warmer up the sides of the valley than down by the road, and I had a nice nap at my turnaround point.
At the trailhead. I was going to bring my bike for the connector road. That would have been silly.
A lot of this. A little tedious.
Looking up the slopes of South Bessemer from turnaround point
There was an old snowshoe track, mostly melted away, up to 2400 ft. It was still compacted more than the surrounding snow and some help to travel.
Thanks for the photo labels. I like the "Little Comrade" name - I can't remember hearing that one before. I think the point you have labeled as "Revolution" is probably Pt. 4932 on the ridge N of Revolution.
This week's rain and higher freezing levels might be enough to melt out the Middle Fork Road, but I wouldn't count on it. Valley bottoms sometimes hold cold air for days or weeks at a time, when other elevations are warming and melting out.
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