January 15, 2017
I headed out on I-90 on Sunday morning at parked in the Gold Creek sno-park near Snoqualmie Pass. This is an extremely popular place for snowshoers and snowmobilers. I hiked up the groomed snowmobile trail for a few miles, then ditched my skies and started bushwhacking through the deep snow in the woods. After a few more tiring hours I reached Lake Lillian, then climbed higher to the ridge above. The trail breaking had slowed me down, and it was close to sunset at the top of the ridge with the summit still far away, so I turned around early. I soon made it back to my skis and had a fun ski down back to the car.