Buck Prairie I 2-13-19

Photos by Barry H, Dan, Francie and Keeley

Six of us headed up DIM to explore Buck Prairie I on snowshoes.  The weather report was really bad - high winds, lots of snow and rain.  Interstate 5 was closed, so the freeway was lined with trucks parking along both sides going north and south.  We still went up to see how it might be in spite of all the bad reports. 

Yes, it turned out to be a great snowshoe hike.  The temperature was 33 degrees at the start and it stayed there or up a few degrees all day.  No - the sun did not come out, but neither did the wind.  We started hiking in 4 inches of new snow, which ended up being more like 18 inches at we gained elevation. 

The group decided to head to a great lookout for lunch around noon, which put us sitting in the snow looking at Ashland and Grizzle Peak.  As we headed back to the cars on this loop trail, it was interesting how much the fresh snow changed, from being 3 inches deep to 2 feet deep and from being dry powder to heavy cement. 

We were all tired at the end, so we headed to Caldera’s for some fine refreshments as a reward for doing the hike.  It turned out to be a great day in the outdoors.

Keeley

Track download: Buck Prarie I 2-13-19.gpx

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