May 9, 2019, Alpental
WA Snoqualmie Pass
Jill and I just returned from our downhill and backcountry trip to OR and CA, and I looked at the webcam at Alpental base and mid station and decided that I had to go there. The weather forecast was for a HOT day so I needed to go now. The gate at the parking lot was open, but the sign reads 'not open for vehicles'. There were groups of hikers on the opposite side of the parking lot.
I parked at the bridge and walked to the base of the Sessel lift. There was some snow coverage along the trees at the base, but the snow from Armstrong express to the trees is very light. The Sessel trail has moguls from the base to the top but was easily navigated and ski-able on the descent. At the top of the Sessel lift I stopped for a view in the shade and had a small bird dive-bombing at my head.. I think there was a nest nearby so it was time to leave the area.
The coverage on Lower International was great. I made it a short morning before it got too hot. I started skinning at 9am and it was fine and no crampons were needed. Earlier would be even better.