- the weather is right
- the pass is clear,
- we have gas money and funds for an overnight and a meal,
- health concerns allow for sufficient energy,
It's an overnight project because the park entrances on the west side are the only ones open in winter--and we live east. We head to Ashford, get a room, and make the trip to Kautz Creek or Longmire for the afternoon's trek. Then the next day head to Paradise and take a long hike there.
The snowshoes and snowpants are packed away in the car. The tire chains are loaded just in case. And we are just waiting for all the other factors to fall into place.
It is glorious!
See what I mean about the road in the pass and carrying chains?