Snow in the High Country: Are You Prepared?
As we head into the heart of autumn, much of Washington is ablaze in fall color. But at high elevations, those vivid colors are being accented by a stark white background. Do you know what you need when you head into the backcountry as autumn progresses into winter?
As we head into the heart of autumn, much of Washington is ablaze in fall color, with red huckleberry bushes, bright yellow larches, and deep blue skies. But at high elevations, those vivid colors are being accented by a stark white background.
Trip reporters have been surprised by snow from Lake Ingalls to the Enchantments to High Pass in the Central Cascades. While fall hiking can be some of the best Washington has to offer, it's good to go into the backcountry prepared for a variety of conditions. Use some of our resource pages listed below to prepare for whatever weather you might come across out there.
Resources for fall hiking
- Pack for fall hiking. What to bring when the weather is unpredictable.
- Classic fall hikes. Where to soak in the most color this fall
- Late fall hiking tips. As the season progresses, you may want to think about bringing a little more equipment
- Hike itinerary form. Use this form or an app. Just let someone know the details of where you're going and when you'll be back.
- More safety tips for fall. Pack some caution in your backpack.
Lake Ingalls - Headlight Basin
Read nnylyssim's full trip report
Read Sean P.'s full trip report
Enchantement Lakes - Aasgard Pass
Read joejoezz's full trip report