Snowshoeing Foran Grade and Windy Point ridges - April 5, 2009
There was an average of maybe 3 feet of snow, and all really wet, sticky stuff. (nearly perfect snowball snow, with a tendency to ice up.) I suspect that as long as it doesn't snow tomorrow, the vast majority will be gone by this weekend, and it'll be a massive slushbog.
It would have been possible to hike at the time, but with the compactability of the wet snow, our snowshoes kept us almost right on top, and we'd have been knee-to-thigh deep without.
Great to finally get some sun though. Spring showed up and burned my whole hiking party. None of us thought to bring sunscreen.
It's a nice little early season hike.
A few photos:
1. Windy Point Ridge from the Foran Grade trail.
2. Between the two ridges.
3. Sun and windcrusted snow near the summit of Windy Point Ridge
4. Rock outcrops on Windy Point Ridge.
full TR on my website
It was a great short trip for my atrophied leg muscles. Thanks to Bob Spirko
for the idea.