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Thinking of a trip to the Olympic peninsula in mid may.  Is that too early to hit that really for hiking?   Will the trails be passable or are we going to run into deep snow?  Any info would beneficial.
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Some lower elevation areas are accessible, but yeah, the high mountain terrain is still going to be buried in snow in May.
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Are we looking at the same situation in the mount hood region.
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Are we looking at the same situation in the mount hood region.

Yes--there is basically no mountain high country in the PNW that will be accessible in mid-May.

I would say that the only mountain high country in the western US that would typically be open at that time would be in AZ and southern NM.

There's an old thread around somewhere that contains a lot of collective wisdom about the hiking seasons for various places in the western US. I ran a couple searches and couldn't find it--I bet someone else will be able to link it.
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As cweston noted, you'll be able to hike the valleys in May, but not up high in the alpine.  At least, not without snowshoes.

May is when the winter season ends up high, and the snow begins to melt.  Come back by July and you should be able to hike some of the higher trails, depending on the year.  It isn't like the lowland midwest where everything's melted out by March or early April.


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Are we looking at the same situation in the mount hood region.

Yes, I agree that Mt Hood proper will still be snowbound.

However, other options would include the Columbia Gorge and lower elevation river trails.  

A great resource for ideas can be found here:

Portland Hikers - Winter and Spring Backpacking

For current conditions, the trip reports in the Portland Hikers forum are really great, particularly around the Portland area.

Good luck in your planning!


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have a look: http://www.nps.gov/olym/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

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Yeah, that about sums it up.  End of April and here's the parking lot at Hurricane Ridge.



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