[First TAY TR!] Met up with a couple other newer TAY-ers (@OtherAaron and @Masedoggy) for a chill tour up Silver Bowl via Hyak.
The road's melted out and passable for most cars to maybe half a mile after the hairpin. Started skinning around 8:30 but were still among the first headed up for the day. The sun was out and things got hot fast, lots of rollerballs from days prior. From the large knoll below the NW ridge headed up the last bit to the ridge proper, and on these easterly aspects the snow was wet and slushy enough already to cause us some concern. Tahoma greeted us with its customary majestic bulk from the rocky ridge, and the jagged skyline of the Snoqualmie area peaks to the north made occasion for a brief but joyful moment, taking it all in. Deciding not to dally or go anywhere near the cornices on the ridge, we skied down mostly following our uphill route, through the W part of the bowl. Snow was sticky and athletic, but it felt so good to be skiing, and just to be back up in the mountains after two months of staying in the city. And on a bluebird day too!
We saw at least one party coming up the eastern side of the bowl as we headed down. The road was totally filled with cars, skiers, hikers, dogs, and a couple snowmobiles when we got back down at ~11:15, and we were glad to have gone up as early as we did. From a pull off partway down the road I found a lovely forest lunch spot, and ended up coming across some huge old growth Dougs and a lean-to someone built down by Mill Creek. Great day!