Mountain Loop Highway

“Rain” was the forecast this Memorial Day weekend. However, it looked like north of Seattle might be some not-so-wet weather, so I headed out for a loop around the Mountain Loop Highway. The loop didn’t happen, as I was stopped by snow at only 2700 ft. elevation at Deer Creek pass – everywhere else the snowlevel is at >3500 ft., so that caught me by surprise. I stopped for a few minutes at the Big Four Ice Cave and took in the beautiful scenery – and heard a big thunder. Perhaps an avalanche, I thought, as there wasn’t any stormy weather around. I only experienced a bit of a drizzle and some dark-looking clouds, but otherwise stayed happy and dry. It was a good gravel grinder, but quite a bit of traffic with people in a hurry to nowhere.

GPX track

Somewhere along Mountain Loop Highway.

Somewhere along Mountain Loop Highway.

Low hanging clouds over the Big 4 Ice cave. The old Inn's chimney is still standing there.

Low hanging clouds over the Big 4 Ice cave. The old Inn’s chimney is still standing there.


Snow stopped me at 2700 ft. on Deer Creek trail - had to turn around.

Snow stopped me at 2700 ft. on Deer Creek trail – had to turn around.

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