Originally Posted by SGT Rock
.... I'm planning on hiking some in Washington next summer ...
Hey, just FYI from someone who lives in central WA.... If you're coming here to backpack in the mountains, the standard advice is to prepare for bugs and prepare for cold nights/mornings. It can freeze any day out of the year (even had sideways snow flying by at 2,000' in town one year for 4th of July). And if you want to burn some time with an experienced hiker, just start the conversation about what's worse- the mosquitoes or the flies.
Hopefully you'll hit a great window of weather and skip the airborne blood draw, but it's always possible to get.... something else, lol. As long as it isn't totally socked in you can guarantee beautiful views though.