The trail had a lot of dangerously-icy sections but was mostly OK. We avoided many of those areas by hiking in snowy side sections. We never needed any use of snowshoes, microspikes, or ice axes... a seldom occurrence for Washington peaks over 6000' in November.
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--Peter Gibbons (Office Space)