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North Cascades hikers limited by snow

Backpackers find snow up the Stehekin Valley in North Cascades National Park during the first week of June, 2011. (Hillary Landers)
Backpackers find snow up the Stehekin Valley in North Cascades National Park during the first week of June, 2011. (Hillary Landers)

BACKPACKING — A group of Western Washington University students found plenty of snow-free landscape for backpacking and camping up the Stehekin Valley from Lake Chelan last week.

Portions of the Pacific Crest Trail in North Cascades National Park were snow-free and easy cruising, they said. 

But as the photo above shows, they didn't have to go too high to find snow still clogging the routes.

Be patient out there.




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