A late cancellation left just Lynda and David for this hike. They met at the Richmond commuter lot at 8:30, drove to the winter parking area, donned snowshoes, and started up the Monroe trail around 9:15. The forecast was for snow, but we really didn’t get any, though we had low clouds the whole way. It was very warm (around 25 F at the hut clearing), and we both ended up hiking without gloves and hats much of the way.

The trail was pretty packed, so we had zero trouble finding the trail, and probably didn’t need snowshoes at all. As we approached the summit we saw someone coming down who said it was clearing a little and views were beginning to open up, but that proved very brief. At the summit there was no wind, and we were able to stop for lunch for maybe 10 minutes, mostly glove-free. I neglected to check the time at the summit, but I’d guess it was about 12:30. On the way down we saw a lot more people coming up, including Mary Lou Recor with a group of 8 others, who we stopped and chatted with for a while. Then on down to reach the car at around 2:30, and back to drop Lynda at her car at a little after 3.

Participant: Lynda Hutchins; Trip leader: David Hathaway