Camas Meadows

Blog for Camas Meadows Lodge™. Located on Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve outside of Leavenworth, Washington. All materials and photos copyrighted 2006-2017©

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More Spring and Less Snow.....

From the cabin the view of Camas Meadows is a solid covering of snow three feet deep extending all the way across the meadow.  However, when we skied the meadow we found that Camas Creek is starting to show here and there.  It will be a couple more weeks and spring will be here.

In the late 1990's when spring came to Camas it came with a rush.  All the snow would melt at once and the meadow would turn into a huge lake about a foot or two deep.   Since the ground was previously frozen you could walk the "entire lake" in Camas boots.  It was fun following our young daughter around the "lake" and we even made "boats" to float on the new lake.

After a day of two the lake would drain and we would have our meadow back.  Then the wildflowers would soon follow.

We are still hopeful for a couple more x-country ski trips before "Camas Lake" makes its temporary appearance.

Spring skiing is the best since you do not need to follow tracks.  The corn snow gives plenty of base and great glides.  It is like skiing on marbles!!  One kick and the slide goes on forever.

As the meadow melts out there are additional ski opportunities up the Forest Service Road 7200 on the other side of the meadow.  This road faces north and holds snow for a longer time than the meadow.

We are starting to get inquiries for spring and early summer.   So go ahead and make your plans now.  There is nothing finer than the wildflowers and blue skies of spring at Camas Meadows.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring and Snow at Camas

 This is one of those special times at Camas Meadows.  We generally have warm sunny days and a well settled snow pack.  It is the start of spring in the mountains.  On those nights that the temperatures remain above freezing, snow continues to melt round the clock.  In a few short weeks it will be disappearing.

March skiing is one of the best times to explore the meadow.  The firm base of snow lets you ski around the meadow without following tracks.  One kick and the glide seems to go on forever.  The warm sunshine means sunglasses and sunscreen are required equipment.

Camas Creek is starting to show after its long winter slumber.  In a few weeks you will have to search out the snow bridges to cross from one side of the meadow to the other.

After you're done exploring the meadow, a warm fire and a glass of wine is a perfect finish to a perfect day.

The snow will be gone by the second week in April.  Then the elk will return to the meadow on April 15th, and hopefully, so will our pair of sandhill cranes.  The Glacier Lily's and Spring Beauties will appear as the snow melts.

May is a magical time at the meadow.  Wildflowers blooming everywhere and warm summer days with cool nights that call for a fireside chat with friends.  Book your spring stay at Camas Meadows soon.