Features Jan 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

Getting high and snowshoeing is great. Just don't wander onto someone else's property.


"Note that snow chains are required on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass for all vehicles unless you have all-wheel drive. "

Chains are not usually required. Restrictions can change daily. Check the WA DOT website for conditions before you go.

And don't go wandering off and get lost, or wander into an area with steep slopes, where avalanches happen all the time.
This article missed critical advice: DO NOT enter Federal property, including National Forests and National Parks, with weed or cannabis residue. I wouldn't even enter with drug paraphernalia.

Jeff Sessions is in charge, and he hates weed. If you are caught, you end up in Federal court facing 1 year in prison and ~$5,000 in fines or more for even trace amounts.

If convicted, even if you don't do time, you are permanently banned from getting all federal jobs including the military, Federal financial aid for college, a DEA license to prescribe drugs as a medical doctor (required to work most places as a doctor), federal grants for research, and likely more I don't know about.

Steven's Pass and Summit at Snoqualmie are both on federal land, the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, as of course is Mt Rainer National Park. If you want to take week snowshoeing, find private land or a state forest or park.

Unless I'm going to be in dense forest the whole time, snowshoeing is just about the last option I'd pick in most circumstances, including snow-camping and especially mountaineering. Having to trudge uphill just so you can trudge back downhill is stupid - this is why Jesus invented skis in the first place. But then again...getting lost, not quite getting the tire chain laws, not realizing that almost everywhere you're likely to go 'shoeing is federally-owned land, and wanting to basically tailor your activity down to what you can still manage to accomplish while high (and it seems you barely managed that, even)...maybe you just like doing 'stupid'.
Snowshoeing is great but you have to know your shit because if anything goes wrong- you are in fatal trouble. Have a map or GPS app, know how much daylight you have and don't veer too far off the trail. Getting seriously lost means death in winter. Also, understand avalanche conditions and just because other tracks are there doesn't mean its safe. The Source Lake/Snow Lake trail at Alpental is gravy in the summer but in winter has huge, deadly avalanche shoots that kill people regularly (check NWAC if you don't believe me).
Prescient point by #4 above. 3 people were killed this past weekend by avalanches, 2 others are still missing.

2 of the deceased were snowshoeing near Snoqualmie pass.

Anybody who wants to go snowshoeing, DO NOT GO JUST ANYWHERE! Do not go into the backcountry, it is too dangerous. Stay on established trails. Seek professional advice on where to go. Do not just get stoned and go wandering like this stupid article suggests. We have had enough fatalities in the mountains due to casual carelessness.

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