Bull Gap Loop 1-28-19

Photos by Bob

After having unsuccessfully scouted the snowshoe trails from dead Indian to the 140 on the weekend, I thought our only hope was Mount Ashland and we did the Bull Gap Loop trail. I drove right by the trailhead because it had changed so much in appearance in the last week or so. The parking area seems twice as big.  

The snow was fine once we 8 got on the loop. A bit damp but not heavy. When we got near the turn left off of the PCT I was looking for snow shoe tracks from the Wednesday Group and couldn't find any. We followed some trail markers but they seemed to run out, so we backtracked and went a bit further on the PCT.  We didn't go far but found some great views. then retuned for a second try at the trail markers. The only trail evidence were some cross country tracks but we soon found the trail, hidden a few yards from where we were the first time. All hikers were given extra credit except those who were there 3 weeks ago and still had no clue where the turn was. They will go unnamed but we know where they live. 

We beat our way down to the forest road with me breaking trail and then headed up, and up, and up. The trail on the road was unbroken and the cxrew took turns breaking trial, notably Liz, followed by Rich and Tracy. We stopped for a short break at a viewpoint. 

By the end we felt we had earned some refreshments but made the mistake of going to the  ski lodge to see what was there. The food was low end cafeteria as was the seating, and we had to carry our food upstairs. The beer was okay. The fries were just a pass. Caldera is in no danger of effective competition.

We had good weather and decent snow, so a good day. Good fellowship as always. 

Ashland Hiking Home

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