Went with Milo's meet up group today. I wasnt excited about going to this destination however it was my first meet up group trek and wanted to check it out. I have discovered it's not my thing. :)
The roads were fine. The weather wasn't bad. The trail was what I expected. Wet snow! I tried my snowshoes for about 5mins before deciding they weren't doing me any good. I continued in my hikers for a few kms before putting my spikes on. It's not that it was terribly slippery so much but...the snow was wet and slick. I had to dig my feet into it which kinda made for sore ankles.
For the first 2kms the trail is flat and travels through the forest. A good warm up before heading up the switchbacks which appear to follow an old service road. Its pretty wide. I felt you gained elevation with ease. It was a very gradual, very straight forward trek. Signs at each junction. I think it would be difficult to get lost here.
No views really. Maybe on a clear day but I've never been really impressed with the ones I've seen. Once I reached the destination point, the fire lookout, I thought...really!? Lol Its a terrible reward for your efforts. Caleb and I just stood and laughed. I posted a pic only to show you how terrible it is. I'm not certain why this destination is so popular. I feel Fat Dog maybe a better choice.
On the way down Caleb, who I was very glad to have with me and provide entertainment, suggests we take a short cut. We took a look at my GPS and decided to cut some of the switchbacks off by trekking straight down. The snow is super deep so there was no chance of environmental impact. It was so fun! Lol. We sunk up to our waists. And Zeus...sunk to his head. He'd occasionally look back at me as if to say "where did the ground go". We laughed all the way through. When you're on a trek as boring as this one, you must add ways to make it a fun adventure. :)
As for the group...some turned back as it was too difficult and some made it up before others. This young lad and I pretty much trekked it on our own. I feel when I'm seeking the refuge of nature...too many people just don't pair well.
Glad I went, won't be back again. Only to partially trek up towards Frosty for those golden latches this fall.
Happy trails :)