Well, it was not another one of those great days for a hike. In fact, it was a miserable day. Our first clue was the 3" to 4" of snow on the road at Lone Tree Pass on our way to the TH. Temperature upon arrival was 32 F and it never got any warmer. Snow and rain all day on the hike. The term "character building" was used more than once.
Almost from the get go our beerless leader led us astray with a quick left turn not far from the TH where we crossed and recrossed the creek to return to the correct trail. So, we got an extra two stream crossings right away.
The leaves were still on the trees and bushes so that they were often bent over by the weight of the snow, obstructing the trail and adding to our fun.
We got as far as the large log bridge over the creek at the 3.3 mile mark. The log was snow covered and appeared slick so we decided to declare victory, have lunch and head back.
More adventure ensued on the drive home. Our leader decided that it would be better to head south on NF 25 down to Highway 199 rather than heading back north and up over Lone Tree Pass at 2,600'. So from the TH at about 2,000' we headed south and instead of going down we found ourselves heading up, with the snow on the road becoming deeper and deeper. With visions of the Kim family dancing in our heads we turned around at about 3,500' and headed back the way we had come. Turns out that NF 25 actually goes up to about 3,800' before dropping down to Highway 199, so our decision to retreat was probably a good one.