We had just a dusting last night here, but the mountains got a little more. Statistically, the high country snowpack in this region is about 90% of normal. I was on the snow about three thousand feet below that peak today and the snow there had a pretty solid ice crust on it.
Yes, it looks like it from the photo, but the mountain is not ski-able. The top 1,600 feet can be accessed only on a 2 1/2 mile trail with no motorized vehicles allowed and there would be no access at the bottom either. Even in summer it is one heck of a tough hike out of there.
From the angle of the photo it does, but perhaps not if it could be viewed from the top. I suspect it would end in an avalanche. The steepness and ruggedness is why it’s still a roadless area. I would just love to be able to hike the trail to the top, but in winter that is beyond my level of endurance and I suspect not very safe.
The tiny ones at the top are stunted from the weather conditions and climate up there. Most are no more than about 20 feet tall. Here is a post from September of 2008 showing close-ups of some of those trees with a coating of hoar frost.
They were taken from several miles away (as close as I could get with the Jeep) using a 70-300mm lens. I would love to be able to get up there and photograph it this time of year, but I just can’t. The earliest I’ve ever been able to get to the top was mid-June.
That 90% snowpack is worrisome. It looks like some of the midwest finally is going to get some significant snow this week, to help protect the land while it’s lying fallow. May your drifts pile up and up and up – they’ll only become more beautiful!
The latest forecast calls for some fairly good mountain snow in the next week here too, at least a foot, but we really need a lot more than that. Still, the high country can get a lot of snow in March too.