National Geographic : 1909 Jun
534 14 FEET OF SNOW THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE up. During the season of 1909 a temporary road with steeper grades will be completed to Camp of the Clouds, at an altitude of 5,600 feet. Eventually the permanent road will reach 7,000 feet, where trails will branch off. An automobile party leaving Seattle or Tacoma in the morning can pitch its evening camp in one of the dense groves of stunted trees at timber-line in the shadow of the great peak, looking out upon the jagged pinnacles of the Tatoosh Range and the vast forest wilder ness to the westward. On March 18 our party found three feet of snow at the National Park Inn at Longmire's Springs. On the morning after our arrival a dense cloud-bank hung a few hun dred feet overhead. Frequent flur ries of snow came drifting down from it, now in matted bunches of moist flakes an inch wide, again as separate crystals, these in turn giv ing way to little rounded pellets like dry sago, which hopped from bough to bough down through the ever greens. Our skis settled silently through the fresh snow, as we trailed up the government road along the Nisqually River, intending to break a trail part way to Paradise Valley, the goal of our trip. During the midday thaw, masses of snow clung to the worn spots on the sole of a Photo by Milnor Roberts certain ski in the outfit. After many gyrations and contortions had been oN THE WAGON BRIDGE ONE- made by its fair owner in removing HALF MILE ABOVE NARADA FALLS: MARCH 30, 1909 ary of the park, at which point it joins the government road. The latter has a maximum grade of 4 per cent, and ex tends to Paradise Park, a favorite camp ing ground near timber-line, between the Nisqually and Paradise glaciers. In summer the Ashford stages run thirteen miles, to Longmire's Springs, where there are two hotels. The road is open, however, past Nisqually Glacier and Narada Falls, several miles farther the burden, she announced piously, "My soul is ready for Paradise," and on we "mushed" again. On the trail up the narrow valley of the Paradise River the snow was found to be a foot deeper for each two or three hundred feet of elevation gained. So quietly had the flakes fallen in the shel tered valleys that each stump and fallen tree was covered almost as deeply as the surrounding ground, as some of the pho tographs show. On the exposed ridges, however, the winds had piled huge drifts over the brow of every leeward slope.