Pacific Crest Trail ~ North from White Pass

Trail No. 2000

 

NOVEMBER 27, 2010  After dealing with days of cold, snow and nasty road conditions, I bailed on plans to backpack with a friend to Goldmyer Hotsprings and offered this snowshoe trip as a consolation prize.  My granddaughter spent Thanksgiving weekend with me, so she came along for her first ever snowshoe trip.  It was raining and foggy as we drove through Morton, Randle and Packwood, but the skies were clear by the time we reached White Pass.  The sun broke through and there was a deep layer of fresh powder--ideal conditions even if it was cold. 

If I thought this section of the PCT was beautiful (and I did) when I backpacked it earlier this year, I was absolutely enchanted by it in winter.  We set Deer Lake as our goal for this trip and started the steady climb up.  But by the time we had completed all the elevation gain and were an easy 1/2 mile hike away from the lake, our young adventurer was too cold and tired to go any farther.  We stopped for a quick lunch and hot cocoa break by a large open meadow, then hiked back down.   Downhill is always easier, especially when the trail has already been broken, so we made quick work of the hike out.  We stopped for a hot lunch and hot chocolate on the way home.