A couple days before the hike, I told people that it was hard to predict what equipment we would need on the hike and asked everyone to bring both microspikes and snowshoes. Although it didn’t snow much in the valley before the hike, there was a lot of snow on the mountain. Only a couple of people had gone before us that morning and the trail was not packed down. Therefore, we all put on snowshoes at the trailhead and used them for the entire hike. (Those that followed us hours later thanked us for packing down the trail, since most did not have snowshoes.)
It was quite cloudy, so when we got to the top it was a white-on-white landscape. (The only color was the clothes that people were wearing.) And, since it was very windy, we did not linger and had lunch at the clearing below the top. The hike going down was enjoyable, especially since the trail was packed and it was a bit warmer than when we started up the trail. Everyone made it out just fine.
Trip Leader: Sheri Larsen
Participants: Rich Larsen, Dan Hildebrand, Chuck Bond, Judy Bond, Phil Hazen, Cathy Tilley, Lynda Hutchins.
Photos: Sheri Larsen!