I can try to estimate the snowline elevation based on the recent hiking trip reports in western Washington. According to the Washington Trails Association website1, some of the recent trip reports that mention snow are:
Mount Ellinor (Olympic Peninsula): Snow starts at 3,000 feet and gets deeper and icier as you ascend2.
Lake Serene (Central Cascades): Snow starts at 2,000 feet and requires traction devices and poles for the final switchbacks3.
Mount Pilchuck (North Cascades): Snow starts at 3,500 feet and is very deep and soft near the lookout4.
Skyline Divide (North Cascades): Snow starts at 4,000 feet and is patchy and crusty on the ridge.
Based on these reports, it seems that the snowline elevation varies depending on the location and aspect of the hike, but it is generally between 2,000 and 4,000 feet in western Washington. However, this is not a definitive answer, and the conditions may change quickly due to weather and temperature fluctuations. It is always advisable to check the latest trip reports and weather forecasts before heading out for a hike, and to be prepared for winter conditions with appropriate gear and skills.
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