White Mountains 100 is now on the schedule, which means this winter it’s all about training in the snow! After Methow Trails shared the awesome clip below, I decided it was the perfect time to head for Washington Pass, especially since I’m guessing Hwy 20 will close for the winter any day now.
The original plan was to snowshoe to Blue Lake and then do some running along the groomed Washington Pass Overlook Road.
As it turned out, I only had time for Blue Lake. The trail was completely untracked and covered in 1-2 feet of fresh powder. I was surprised and thrilled to be the first one up there since last weekend’s storm. I broke trail all the way to the lake, moving much more slowly than anticipated but enjoying the beautiful slog. (I figure I better get very comfortable with snowy slogs.)
Unfortunately, on the way down, when I was less than a mile from my car, I realized I’d lost my phone somewhere on the trail… so back up to the lake I went. And back down. (No luck. Thankful for replacement insurance.)
On the plus side, the trail is now very well packed out, and you probably don’t even need snowshoes… until the next time it snows, of course. Hopefully soon! 🙂