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Aurora Peak (winter)

  • Sun, Jan 31, 2016
  • Aurora Peak
  • Scrambling

Trip on 1/30/2016 had wonderful weather with low temps (~20s) and blueish-golden light filtering down through the powder coated trees. Clouds obscured our views, but here and there we caught glimpses of Lake Crescent and Strait of Juan de Fuca (officially made part of the Salish Sea in 2009). No precipitation except powder spindrift (possibly from trees) and a few drops as we approached the cars. Amazingly the summit had heather showing through a thin coat of snow, with the Hurricane Ridge webcam (~13 miles east of this location) showing major amounts of snow. Left cars at 9am with 5 hrs up, 4 hrs down and the use of headlamps for the last hour as we approached the cars. Photos from past trips can be seen here: