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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of perhaps snowshoeing MSB on Monday so I'm wondering if anyone out there would know how the road access to the lower trailhead is shaping up for the later weekend? I imagine it may have had some fresh snow today up that way. A gps track would be great if anyone has one available that they would care to share? I hear it's not so easy to follow in winter condition's so why not take a little extra insurance along to save some time possibly.


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Main road was snowy and bit icy a few days ago, gate was locked, parked at bridge, main road, steady snow/ice from road, any SUV should make it to lower trail head. Maybe expect powder /new snow/not well travelled after the waterfall on (hiking) upper road. Trailhead will likely be plenty deep with low hanging branches and sparse markers, at lake keep left and attack very steep ridge approach, then wander ridge and take summit from a south/east angle. Expect this to be a FULL day without much sign of trail braking by others. Well worth it though.

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Yeah I've seen a couple trip reports from the winter. Looks much nicer in my humble opinion in the winter then summer. Going to be quite a workout I expect.


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I'd say it's a little nicer in the winter than in the summer. There's still your typical problems of snow and awkward branches and such, but going downhill is not so rough, and the scenery is nice.

If you go, can you post a photo of the north face for me? There's some potential ice routes there, and I'm curious how they're doing
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I'll probably do a short TR with plenty of photo's as per usual. Will try and make a point of getting the shot you require if possible. That would be from the lake I'm guessing off the top of my head..yes?

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I'll probably do a short TR with plenty of photo's as per usual. Will try and make a point of getting the shot you require if possible. That would be from the lake I'm guessing off the top of my head..yes?
Hey did you go for it today? Condition update? Thanks
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No sadly not. My snowshoeing partner couldn't make it so next available sunny weekend day hopefully.

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Well. The trail has been broken today by myself. Snowshoes on right from the start.
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I gather the road access was ok then? I'll have to get going before the evidence of all your hard work disappears.

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Picked a pretty good day today to go too. Stupid work!

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Had to park at the start of Lost Creek FSR. The start of the gravel section was steep and very icy. It's about 800 m walk to the start of Murdo FSR. Took Murdo FSR around the north side. Bit of bushwhack to MacKay Lake and then steep grunt to the col. Super windy up high (balaclava on even below treeline)....
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Finally got my butt up there today 2 weeks later. Beautiful day in the mountains on St. Benedict in the DEEP snow. There's a great broken trail right now for anyone wishing to take advantage of tomorrow in the last day of sunshine for a while. I'll put up some pics in a short TR soon.
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