Dayhiking / Snowshoeing Chelan Butte 3835′
We had a delayed Winter in terms of snowfall in Central Washington but when it arrived in February it did so in a big way dumping feet of snow during weeks of subfreezing temperatures, inversions, and overcast days. I believe many locations had record snowfall that persisted well into March so anytime my long time backpacking partner Steve and I could enjoy some blue skies and sunshine with access to safe on or off trail areas we were on it and over the years Chelan Butte 3835′ located in Chelan, Washington has been a regular Fall, Winter, and early Spring destination. The amount of snow that can accumulate on top can be quite impressive and this time around we encountered powder snow generally 1-2′ deep with large areas up to 4-5′ deep at one point wearing snowshoes I was sinking up to my thighs which can be creepy on just about any grade. We had a partly sunny ascent up using an old snow mobile track but once on the plateau-ish like summit encountered general overcast, cold westerly winds, and subfreezing temperatures which made for a quick lunch followed by a descent to lower elevation cover we were expecting the full sunshine day the forecast had predicted but that didn’t arrive until we dropped several thousand feet which seems to happen all to frequently, but we did get out and a day in the mountains it has been said, is better than any day not.