Backcountry Conditions 11/8/15

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Approaching Mount McDougal 11/6/15.
Approaching Mount McDougal 11/6/15.

The Fall backpacking season has wrapped up in a hurry. After two great months of amazing indian summer weather, the mountains are finally showing their winter coat. Currently all trailheads are still accessible, but one more big snow storm will likely begin shutting down those at upper elevations (Elkhart Park and Big Sandy Opening).

Snow levels are down in the 8,500 to 9,000 foot range with minor accumulations of about 6 inches. Snow depths in the upper elevations range from 12 to 24 inches depending on aspect and elevation.

For backcountry skiers and snowboarders, the hunt is on. Early season favorite descents in the Wyoming Range and Gros Ventre are still accessible with a high clearance vehicle and snow depths are just deep enough to make it worth the effort. The next round of snow should really seal the deal.

Descending Mount McDougal