Okay, so I was originally planning a NOBO PCT hike this year, but the timing just didn't work out. The timing is working out for a hike beginning in June or July, so I had decided to do a SOBO AT hike instead. However, as I understand snow reports, this may be the ideal year for a PCT SOBO hike.
Under normal conditions I would not consider a PCT SOBO hike. I'm just not a huge fan of hiking in significant snow, so I try to avoid it if possible. But, if I understand the snow reports correctly, the snow totals in Cali and Washington are creating essentially ideal conditions for a successful SOBO hike. So, now I am torn and am looking for some sincere advice/analysis from those who know the PCT.
1. Assuming the snow fall remains consistent through the Spring (especially in Washington) has the window for a SOBO hike expanded?
2. Aside from the isolation/loneliness/lack of trail culture, if the snow is Washington remains far below average, are there any significant drawbacks to a SOBO hike?
3. If you had this window (June-Dec), this year, what would push you toward/away from a PCT SOBO vs. AT SOBO?