Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing

January 24, 2020

Original story Feb.2019

  A big improvement

 The old Mirror Lake Trail started from Hwy 26 and the limited trailhead parking was in a very dangerous spot. The Forest Service has done a nice job of correcting the problem. The new trailhead parking is at the west end of the Ski Bowl parking area, and is...

January 9, 2020

Someone in good shape could do this loop in an hour, but of course I took much longer, stopping to take many pictures and to do a few videos. Plus I’m not quite as fast as I used to be. (I’ll be 78 Jan.10th.) This was an excellent use of my Altai Skis. They’re not just short and maneuverable. They a...

December 17, 2019

The powder was wonderful in the canyon bottoms and the lee (east) side of each ridge, but on the windward side of the ridges there was an icy crust. I was glad my Altai Skis have steel edges.

April 6, 2019

At about 2500', the snow went from intermittent patches to consistently covering the trail. There were some older snowshoe tracks, so I didn't need the GPS on my View Ranger app; at least not yet. Once it got about a foot deep, it was easier to put the skis on than to post hole. With the ski...

March 23, 2019

In February, I went skishoeing after a huge dump of beautiful deep powder. I had wanted to find and scout out a trail that is not marked for winter use, but that would make a good loop from Frog Lake to the Twin Lakes and then back on the well used and well marked Twin Lakes Trail #495, as it merges...

February 7, 2019

This view (above) is not something many people see, because if someone wants to go up to the top of Tom, Dick, and Harry mountain above the lake, there is a trail that goes way around and approaches from the backside. Not many people climb straight up from the lake. Bushwhacking off trail, the slope...

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