Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Quick May Update

I'm late with the reports for May and they'll likely be ready early next week at the earliest. I've had some medical appointments, health issues and other things in life get in the way the last two weeks. That said, I can add a few things which started changing in May.

For one the Jackson Visitors Center is open 7 days a week now from 10 am to 5 pm.

Highway 410 to Cayuse Pass and south to highway 123 is open. Highway 410 over Chinook Pass is scheduled to open the week before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, around May 21st according to the Washington Department of Transporation.

The snowpack has melted at the lower elevations, below 3,000 feet and is melting in the mid elevations, 3-5,000 feet but will take into June or July to fully melt. The upper elevations, above 5,000 feet as shown for the graph for Paradise above, snowpack is above normal and should be peaking soon.

This means trails be snow free at the lower elevations but decreasing snow in the mid elevations through May and into June. The snowmelt above 5,000 feet will likely last well into July this year from the depth so far, which means the trails there, especially the Wonderland trail, will see snow for awhile.

Anyway, that's it for now. More to come next week.

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