Commonwealth Basin Snowshoe

A trip under the freeway from the Snoqualmie Pass West parking lot lead quickly to gorgeous, easily accessible terrain.  A well-trod trail led up to these flats in Commonwealth Basin.  The sun came out, at least in a limited Cascades sort of way.

5000- and 6000-ft peaks surrounded us, with Red Mountain is pictured looming to the north.  The Pacific Crest Trail winds its way up to that level (and on to the Kendall Katwalk) from where we started.  The PCT will have to wait until next summer, as it would be a challenge planning a safe route across such steep and open terrain at this time of year.


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