I went up to Green Mountain on Wednesday and encountered a fair amount of snow, so I thought I’d post some quick details here before folks head out on their weekend adventures. Snow level was at around 4700 ft, and the trail was fully covered in snow by approx 5000 ft. By 5400 ft (my turnaround point), there was 1-2 ft of snow on the ground.
I was expecting some white stuff, but the extent of it surprised me. (Had I checked snotel before I went, I might not have been quite as surprised. Looks like there’s 2.5 ft of snow at Lyman Lake and 2 ft at Harts Pass)
I also noticed a couple of recent slides, including one in the pond basin below the lookout, which is ultimately where and why I turned around. I did check NWAC before I went, and assumed that if they weren’t yet providing a forecast, the danger was minimal. In hindsight, that was a bad assumption. Perhaps the state of WA as a whole does not yet warrant an avalanche forecast, but there are certainly pockets in the North Cascades where there is already enough coverage for some early season slides.