I've been snowed on/out for the last 4 years for trips either to Yosemite or JM Wilderness areas in early Oct. However, in a day or two, it cleared up and was nice again. One year I was hiking in my shorts thru 4 " of snow the second day out, ate dinner in my sb that night to warm up. The third day out, swimming at a lake with my gear on rocks/logs drying out, well worth hanging in there. The last two years I just did the PCT close to home, hiking where I had not been before or car camping close to home that week. This year I'm going late Sept. for a road trip I think.