March 15-17, Chiwaukum traverse
Jack, John, and I did the Chiwaukum traverse from South to North over the last three days. Conditions were quite good, although there was enough fresh snow to make us concerned at times. This was a really cool route that takes you through spectacular high terrain. I haven't done many other traverses besides the Forbidden tour, and like that one it feels like you're taking a mostly moderate route through big terrain.
Okay so the details: We left Seattle reasonably early to drop a car at the White Pine road below the Swath. Luckily there was one spot left for us in the plowed pulloffs. Then to the Icicle road (after trying and failing to find decent breakfast food in Leavenworth, cursed virus) where to our surprise the berm had been plowed! We were able to drive to within about 2 miles of the Chatter creek trailhead on firm snow and parked the car off the road on dry ground.
Coverage throughout proved to be nearly ideal. From our parking spot, we skinned the road and nearly the entire Chatter creek trail, walking only a few short sections. From then until we skied back to our car to the North, we would travel almost entirely with skis on.