Wright Mountain and environs
Trying out the new version of TAY website (thank you Pavel Dolezel!) with this report from times when the National Forest lands were still open (in March 2020). In our back yard-ish Snoqualmie Pass zone, we set out to check the Wildcat Lakes via Gem Lake and Wright Mountain. However, while ascending the Wright Mountain, we found out that we won't be able to reach the Lower Wildcat Lake via the steep east-facing slopes of Wright Mountain because the terrain was wind loaded and seemed uncomfortably reactive, so we abandoned that notion. After enjoying the killer views from Wright Mountain, we skied down back to Gem Lake and as a consolation prize ascended the divide just west of it and then skied down the glades within the Lower Wildcat Lake drainage. We then exited back to the south divide above Snow Lake via Holy Diver return route.
The snow on this day was a mix from windboard on exposed west-facing slopes to fantastic powder in sheltered locations. Skiing down to Snow Lake and even back to Source Lake was super enjoyable.
Then it was time to return back to the sad reality in which the number of people infected with coronavirus kept rising every day, stay home orders were issued and mountains cloaked with that perfect snow were closed.
Hope to be back soon.