Under mixed sun and clouds, we headed up USFS 201 at the junction of the Cooley Glen Trail. Just a tad of wet snow made us realize that this would be a snowshoe hike, especially as we approached the ridge and the junction of the LT.
There is beautiful terrain here in the Breadloaf Wilderness, and we followed an old loggin g road of USFS trail along a babbling brook. Evidence was everywhere that Spring had sprung. Slowly we ascended the ridge with views to the south and west of Mt Roosevelt. Higher still afforded nice views of Mt Grant (3623’) and Mt Cleveland (3482’).
A recent snow nicely capped all the peaks and ridges. Approaching the ridge we encountered about 1.5 feet of snow, so it was time to don the shoes and proceed to Cooley Glen. Several spots were observed where moose had rubbed their antlers on striped maples, probably in the rut last fall. Lunch was at the beautiful Cooley Glen shelter, a typical stick-built USFS shelter from 1965. We headed back under clouds, with a touch a rian developing as we neared the cars. Total roundtrip mileage was 6.5 miles. It was a great group.
Participants – Anneliese Koenig, Rachel Moulton, Dot Myer, Karen Tyler, Pate Saile.